The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its Place in the Horror Film Genre This paper looks at the 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and describes how it fits into the horror genre, how it defies the conventions of the genre, whether or not it may be described as classical, refined or Baroque, and will end by noting the significance of the “other” in the film and what anxiety it might represent. In the final analysis, the film was intended to capture the social fragmentation and the fears of the suburban masses as they existed in the early 1970s. Horror films are meant to be unsettling: they awaken our deepest fears and often culminate in shocking finales; they are also designed to be, where possible, cathartic and entertaining and discuss...The end:
..... values of the past would soon disappear for good. Therefore, having the film depict the graphic demises of each young person (all of them surely far more cosmopolitan and socially mainstream than the perverted family in question) was a way of telling the urban audience that this was what might well await them. Further, it is notable that a young woman is the sole survivor – clearly an effort to show the growing political might of the fledgling feminist movement. Works Cited Dirks, Tom. “Horror Films.” American Movie Classics Company.2010. 13 May 2010 http://www.filmsite.org/horrorfilms.html The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Dir. Tobe Hooper. Perfs . Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger . Bryanston Distributing Company, 1974.