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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

James Rose


No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and depiction of an insane but nonetheless (dys)functional family on the furthest reaches of society who have regressed to cannibalism in the face of economic hardship. As well as providing a summary of the making of the film, this book discusses the extraordinary censorship history of the film in the UK (essentially banned for two decades) and provides a detailed textual analysis of the film ... More

Keywords: horror film, sustained threat, cannibalism, film censorship, horror film criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781906733643
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Rose, author