Hooper The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) (How does this film orient us…
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Hooper's inspiration: Ed Geins--mommy trauma, drag, dug up graves; Houston abductions of queer men?
The intro: makes the world "believable"--mirrors NBC dateline or something. Radio and "recent occurances"--playing with verissimilitude
the youths--everyone's in danger! Think of the KIDS!
"mad and macabre"--ups the tone with non-vernacular words
Franklin--introduces him peeing in a tin (slow, low angle); making Franklin the punchline; the zoom in shift
"Franklin, I like meat"--orients us away from Franklin
removes him from the space physically and sexually; he doesn't get to hang with the flirty sexy teens
plays with audiences/ sympathies or identifications--use of
How does this film orient us to Texas space?
over saturated colors to paint Texas
greens, browns colors--extreme long shots with panning and tilting
rural texas folks just got bones around??? Rural sites with bones
does this run the risk of demonizing Texas?
the DARKNESS of rural ass Texas--night shots entirely dark
cow/slaughterhouse montage: pro veg? mirrors and foreshadows people as meat. Insert shots of cow world buuilding? "People shouldn't kill animals for food"
death scenes: rapid, trap, brutal; feels like a slaughterhouse
shows the parts of the body that will be violated--show her as "meat", commodification of women's bodies
Pam walking to the house: low angle, makes the house loom above her?
Film angles: Pam's mental state is mirrored by the extreme close ups and panning--
turns the normal and mundane into a perverse nightmare bone sofa bench
use of sound to overwhelm/disorient
"no pride in his home"
Leatherface: dressed as a woman prepping dinner. Replace of mother. Renders a woman's place as subservient and "in the kitchen"--what if this is about domestic abuse, the violence of domestic spaces in rural south?
suit and makeup==androgynous, playing with masc/femme. Does this pathologize gender variance?
the patriarchy is cannibalistic
What's up in '74
Vietnam and disabilities
the price and cost of violence of lives in Vietnam?
1970s inclusion acts--making buildings more accessible?
mechanization, job market, and the disenfranchisement that comes from capitalism
The ending: resist closure; no consequences
the use of dawn and color