Imagine a nightmare soaking with grime, heat, and an unending family dinner in the worst sense. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is all that and more, part of a movement of groundbreaking low budget films that pushed the horror genre into more uncomfortable visceral realism. However, TCM manages to be more suggestive in its violence than graphically exploitative, a feat unnoticed by many moviegoers and proof that less often means more. Combined with an unsettling industrial score, acting that seems too real, disturbingly organic set design, and some stunning vérité inspired cinematography — it became a then instant classic and remains so to this day.
Now, 40 years after being first released, a painstakingly detailed restoration of the original film print has resulted in the most visually impressive version of the movie to date. To celebrate the occasion and 40th anniversary, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is having a midnight screening for diehard fans and anyone who hasn’t experienced this terrible masterpiece. Soup’s on.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) DIR. TOBE HOOPER
6/27 & 6/28 – 11:59PM
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446