We cover one of the most terrifying films put to screen on this written review, the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre by horror mastermind Tobe Hooper. This is BillChete’s favorite horror movie ever and it still holds up today. This drive-in masterpiece stars Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface. In addition we get incredible performances by many unknown actors at the time including Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danziger, Edwin Neal and playing the role as “the cook,” Jim Siedow. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: En route to visit their grandfather’s grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home… where they’re plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills.
BillChete hosted the most comprehensive review of this piece of cinema on April 3rd of 2011. It was a walk-through, scene-by-scene discussion with 7 other incredible critics. This is a complete spoiler review, so if by any chance you haven’t seen this movie, watch it first and then listen to a monumental evaluation of one of the most scary pictures put on the big screen. DOWNLOAD the audio then sit back and enjoy aficionados talk about the magnum opus of horror films.
What to say about one of the most iconic horror movies ever? Well, that it is iconic for a reason. Multiple reasons, actually. First, the story. Simple and disturbing. Then, the characters. We don’t necessarily understand all the characters, but we don’t need too. The voice of reason is the one character who many find annoying: poor Franklin. At first I also found him annoying, but he’s really not. He’s just helpless. And of course, if they had listened to him, there wouldn’t have been a movie, lol. As for Sally, she shows us how horrifying this situation is. You really believe she’s going through all this, and you sigh in relief with her by the end. The hitchhiker and the cook are super disturbing in their madness. And of course, Leatherface. He’s terrifying because of so many things: he’s incredibly strong, he’s a brute, and he just wants to get rid of the people who disturb him… and the masks. The fact that you know they’re made of faces, and you can’t see who’s behind them, is paralyzing. The horror in this movie is raw and final. No gore needed here. What is so frightening about this is that it very well could happen; after all, life is many times more grotesque than any movie. This is a must own film in any respectable horror collection.
4K Disc Quality:
Oh boy, this has been the biggest disappointment in 4K history for me. Being my #1 horror movie of all-time, I was totally peeved by this European release that was solely a money grab praying on the fans of horror history to increase there bottom line. This is the GRAINIEST pile of poo ever released. It is so distracting and looks blatantly worse than on any other format. While there may be a fine-toothed increase on detail you will never notice it while watching it compared to even a VHS tape. The audio is comically in Dolby Atmos and some super-silly 13.1 track. OMG, what blasphemy. It brings absolutely nothing to the table and the only seen where surrounds are noticed is the final scene when Leatherface is swinging his chainsaw. This is bottom barrel and gets the lowest grade imaginable, and…it is one of the most expensive releases to date. To let you know how bad this is, this is the only 4K Disc I sold immediately after buying it to recoup my money. Stay away, but do buy the film on any other format as it is an incredibly gruesome movie!
Sigh. For the life of me, I can’t understand why they released this movie in 4K. Well, no. I do. It’s a money grab. The video quality is abysmal; all the grain, which is considerable, is way more noticeable in 4K than on regular Blu-ray, especially since this is one dark movie. No popping to talk about, with maybe one scene at the end looking decent. As for the audio, it’s just bad. The only redeeming part was the chainsaw sound at the end, especially when Leatherface swings it in the air. It sounds like it’s all around you. Other than that, it’s really no more special than the Blu-ray version, and actually, the latter looks much better. Do yourself a favor and avoid the 4K.
Breakdown of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)“
|BillChete: 10 (Buy)||Lady Phantom: 10 (Buy)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: F- (Unworthy)||Lady Phantom: F- (Unworthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade