Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scary trailer countdown, Oct. 26: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:40 PM

In screening contenders for the Scary Trailer Countdown to Halloween, I came across this trailer for the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper's disturbing, pioneering slasher-type film from 1974. This particularly trailer is, I feel safe in saying, some messed up shit, and I can't improve on Matt Singer's description from IFC On-line:

Most horror film trailers play coy with details. They know what audiences go to horror movies to see, and they don't give that sort of stuff away for free. Not so for the trailer to the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre." Where others hint, it wallows, shoving the viewer's face into its gruesome imagery with almost sadistic pleasure, as if Leatherface himself edited the spot.

If anything, it feels more like the famous opening credits to Se7en, and its evocation of a violently disturbed mind, than other film trailers. I strongly discourage you from watching it before bedtime:

As an example of how horror trailers have changed over the years, contrast the one above with this preview for the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, produced by Michael Bay. It uses heartbeat noises and flashbulb effects with reasonable efficiency, but otherwise goes completely by the numbers. It follows after the cut. So to speak.

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