Why Was the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Such a Big Hit?


These days, we are blown away with the massive movie effects of films. It may seem quite difficult to comprehend at this age how a horror movie involving a lot of chainsaw sounds made waves and was such a big hit. But that is the primary characteristic of iconic movies that made a dent in global pop culture. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre possessed impeccable timing and a gutsy plot that is considered avant-garde at the time of its showing. To date, it is still lauded by movie critics as one of the most successful movie projects ever made more than 40 years after it hit the big screen.

First of Its Kind

The most glaring quality that this movie has is its daring to explore violent themes that no other movie before it has done before. These days, you will find the recurring subplot of a vehicle breaking down before a scary sequence of events. But none of these newer films have the same effect as that of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Still, they wanted to produce the same impact that Texas Chainsaw Massacre had, but they often fall short.

Pure and Unadulterated Gore

The endless killings of Leatherface in this movie is the rawest possible depiction of pure terror. Considering that the filming team mainly had to work with a single camera and a pretty limited set of venues, there was little budget required – in fact, the production team probably couldn’t even afford to use one of the best rated chainsaws as props because it was out of their budget! But they maximized the effect of scaring the audience in an unforgettable way. Limitless gore is one of its signature qualities; while some directors will flinch in shooting a 25-minute sequence of a screaming woman amidst the background of a chainsaw motor sound, it was not the case with this film. Even the musical score had this very eerie effect that can cause some serious psychological impact to the viewer.

Strangely enough, the fact that the actors were not big names at the time of filming was a helpful factor as well. The sounds were simple and creepy, and the actors were not distracting to the viewers. If you watch the film, you literally have nothing else to notice but the sheer terror of the story.

The success of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its iconic status really shows that you do not have to have a large budget or flashy effects to make a spectacular hit of a movie.

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An In-Depth Review Of Blade 2


Blade 2 is one that a lot of movie buffs like me can associate to and this movie has an amazing mature approach to superhero concept movie when compared to the others in this genre that I have seen in a span of 10 years. The effects of the movie are sensible and practical rather than a lack of conviction.


The movie boasts of dinginess more than any other night movies that I can recollect. The movie’s plot revolves around the son and father relation with the backdrop of vampire slaying similar to first one in the series. This element is appreciable. It’s about how whistler becomes a surrogate father to Blade and how he continues his search for whistler due to the events of first series. Whistler is portrayed by Kris Kristofferson plays Whistler and as usual Wesley snipes is the badass hero Blade. Blade 2 has other impressive star cast such as Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss, Donnie Yen and others.


Blade shines in this version, which has a crude illogical plot and proposition. Blade, who is an equal threat, seeks help rather than taking on their new arch-enemy themselves by the vampires, to destroy the new threat. The illogical thought makes you feel how did Blade get this inclination to help the creatures he has pledged his life for their destruction and he is even up to it. He also manages to get friendly with few new recruits, in the vampire camp.

Wesley snipes is a little out of shape in this version. The fights or is it the choreography that doesn’t seem up to the mark.


The problem with this movie is that it stands strong on style and loses its ground on substance. Sorry to disappoint fans but my movie parameters for this genre has changed. This heirloom is good but this movie which is of a comic book movie landscape. Though it works in the long run.

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Cinema Gives New Lease Of Life To Dementia Patients.


Have you heard of ‘Life more ordinary’ initiative? This project took shape after a screening of singing in the rain movie for the dementia patients and their family in 2013 at the Dukes -Lancaster. Alzheimer disease is on the rise as estimated by Alzheimer’s Society will touch one million people with the present living conditions in UK though the ongoing research is profound.

There is a devastating effect on a person with dementia; both physical and emotional as they face isolation. So out of box entertainment such as watching movies with loved ones brings the desired change in their life and gives an opportunity to bond and go back to their old memories. The impact of the initiative on the audience is discussed by Jonathan Lott, Film Programme Manager at The Dukes in Lancaster.

After a three year study undertaken by Age UK Lancashire that investigated the need to do such a life changing activity of watching a movie in a theatre with family and friends.


The aim of this tailor made Programme of movie watching, under partnership is as follows:
Decrease isolation and increase involvement.
Proper transportation for full attendance.
Appropriate atmosphere for the dementia patients and their family.

Most importantly provide a daily routine for the dementia patrons.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation came forward to fund the initial screening which further expanded to 6 months Programme which boosted the reach of the patrons to also include new workshops. This initial collaboration fortified into a project of three years.

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Another Great Animated Movie From Disney For Both Kids & Adults Alike


Inside out, frozen, Up, Big Hero 6 and now Zootopia are some of the fun animated movies that I have enjoyed watching in recent years. The USP of the movies are clearly the adorable furry animals. Neither a kid nor an adult would resist these animated humanly animals. The feel of Zootopia is of a futuristic animal’s paradise with distinct background stories and personalities that makes it a hit.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) the bunny overcome with ambition becomes the first rabbit cop by defying all odds. By luck Hopps finally hops into Zootopia. Now the disturbance in her (Hopps) new dream career is Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). And there is the sly fox Mr. Wild. Jokes apart, the serious business is that Hopps who has a complex befitting to Napoleon is presumably a determined bunny, ushers Wild into justice of Zootopia. Wild helps her solve the case of missing Otter.

Hopps and Wilde work is precision to conclude the mystery.


The movie is fun and gripping. Zootopia as the name suggests is a movie which has a wide variety of animals who behave like humans that have cuteness in them. It has backdrops of Siberia, Dubai and NYC-LA set in the magical world of animals. There is a scene where Hopps gets into an electric train which traverses through different regions and climates. This is Zootopia for you-a combination of these.

Arguably, sloth Flash (Raymond S. Persi) who steals the show is the best animal character that is very slow at DMV check out which is the funniest scene of the movie. The movie shows animals of each variety has a different section in the city and the caricaturists vary in size too.


Movies such as these need a microscopic view to find any negatives. If there is any it would be the predictability of the chemistry between Hopps and Wilde and the other is the mystery in the plot is for audience above age 10 plus and kids younger than that would find it difficult to follow.


Zootopia has all that it takes to be a hit movie such as stunning visuals in a surreal world which you did want to visit some day. A lot of care and fine tuning also can be sensed in the way minor details are showcased by the filmmakers. It’s a clever Disney animated movie that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

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Deserving Biker Movies – Top 3


The top 3 best motorbike movies of the 60s that have been entertaining us through ages are given below:

1. The wild one -1953
Johnny Strabler who is known to all as the Black rebel’s leader who hated cops -that grumpy guy. Marlon Brando has come to be an icon due to this movie .This movie is the benchmark to, then little-known motorcycle gangs in post-war era. In the movie real bikers were cast and dialogues of these were those which producer Stanley Kramer spoke with these extras.

bike12. The girl on motorcycle- 1968
Frustrated young housewife Rebecca Marianne Faithfull was cast, though she was not the original choice, as Rebecca a young frustrated housewife leaves. The house when her husband is still asleep in bed and meets her lover, Daniel, university professor (played by Alain Delon), who is into pipe smoking. Daniel presents Rebecca a Harley Davidson on which is goes in a psychedelic trip with a full body costume made of leather- you call it heights of 60s.

3. Stone
The movie has an iconic Australian cast that comprised Rebecca Gilling, Helen Morse and Bill hunter which was the first and last movie directed by Sandy Harbutt the television star.The critics dismissed the movie as damp squib at the time of release.Soon Stone became a big hit at home, because of its impressive and spectacular stunts. Though a low budget movie the stunts are plus point which go beyond the budget issue.


The Light Between The Oceans – One Of It’s Kind


I wanted to keep this movie as a surprise and experience all the emotions unleashed only in the theatre and it indeed proves to be the best movie minus the super hero factor. This movie is set in the 1920s Australia on an island and the story is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife whose life is transformed when they find a baby in a boat lost in the sea. Soon this happy change comes to a halt when they discover the truth.


Though, melodramatic this movie looks like one beautiful painting talking to you and you are automatically pulled into it. In the first look itself you can feel the mystery and you get spell bound to what follows. They say slow and steady wins the race – This belongs to that category, definitely won’t put you to sleep. I was in for lot of surprises which kept me on the edge and guessing.

You know what to expect when there is an ocean, an island, sunsets, storms and other simple breathtaking views in the movie-captivating. All thanks to the cinematographer Adam Arkapaw. The costumes were simple and in sync with the era detailed in the movie.

lit1Isolation of the protagonists is contemplative of the plot and the journey of them. The storytelling Derek Cianfrance, the director of the movie is exclusive. The Place beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine are other masterpieces of this director. And this movie is an emotional, lengthy movie with a humane touch which is appreciable.

Fassbender and Vikander have given Oscar worthy performances. This movie adds a feather to Fassbender’s film career and put him on the path of a legendary actor. His phenomenal character is mild and subtle and oscar winner Vikander’s character in this movie supports the spectacular display. She proved she can show vivid emotions ranging from grief to desperation and guilt. Alongside comes Rachel Weisz whose performance falls short.


The ending left me wanting for more as it was no was near a regular Hollywood type. The film might seem lengthy before you realize that whole plot deserves the time frame. Minor logical glitches like Fassbender and Vikander, who sound more British than the Aussies that they portray if that was what the audience were supposed to think.


The Light Between Oceans is a romantic suspense movie with some spectacular performances. It’s the story of parenting and parents and human emotions attached to adoption. If you don’t leave the theatre with some heavy feeling, no movie will.


Few Top Movies In Welsh Settings


Let us look at the two best classic movies in my opinion that have Welsh settings.

On the black hill
On the Black Hill which is available in BFI dual format edition now which is Grieves adaptation? This movie is evocative tale which is engrossing too , is set in the Radnorshire, Herefordshire , the typical Welsh settings. Thaddeus O’Sullivan, the photographer of the movie has captured the stunning landscapes of the region, where the tribulations and trials of Jones family take place. Bob peck portrays the farmer who is intense and puritanical named Amos. He heads the Jones family that experiences romances, estrangements, feuds, two world wars, all these are faced by them while taking care of ‘The Vision’ the formerly vacant farmstead. The attachment of Grieves to the land and the people of the place shine through in the film that is a poetic masterpiece.

The Welsh filmmakers have showcased their best is movies set in Wales by storylines on economic hardships and other aspects of Britain as a whole.

film1The Old Dark house-1932
This movie was once declared to be flop at box office of America on its first release, Now it is considered as an entry which is formative in its category this gothic chiller of James Whale’s . The movie runs for 71 minutes in a old creepy house is a blueprint to horror movies, has a pinch of black comedy.

Old dark house film is an adaptation of the 1927 novel of J.B. Priestley’s – Benighted, and has an impressive star cast Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton and Gloria Stuart. The Old Dark House is the story of various travellers taking refuge in an old creepy dwelling when there is a storm in the welsh area.

What are your favourite movies that have Welsh settings? Share them with me in the comments section below.


Top 5 Movies To Checkout Before Oscar Euphoria


Oscar euphoria has started as the award season ends. Next couple of weeks would be hectic in speculation of the nominees in the Oscars. Point to note about these set of movies which are nominated, is that their budget is minimal and don’t belong to mainstream flicks which are promoted through advertisements well in advance off the release.

Top 5 movies you must watch before the Oscar frenzy starts:

1.The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne plays the part of a sex transformation surgery receiver and this role is nominated for this year Oscar. Last year he got it for playing the role of Stephen hawking. All the performances in the movie including that of Alicia Vikendar are commendable. This movie highlights the plight of LGBT community and the laws imposed on it. Overall the costumes, sets all look fabulous.

tom12. Spotlight

This true story is based on the group of Boston global journalists probing the case of a priest who molested 80 children definitely deserves the hype surrounding it. The Oscar nominations of the movie are Mark Buffalo (nominated for supporting actor) though Michael Keaton deserves it. Rachel McAdams (nominated for supporting actress. This is a deserving suspense movie.

3. Steve Jobs

This is the movie on the man who established Apple which showcases his normal and professional side. Michael Fassbender as the lead artist has one of his best and most outstanding performances which earned him a well deserved Oscar nomination for lead actor. Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman portrayed by Kate Winslet is nominated for the best supporting actress role. She has carried the role to the next level by her amazingly performance.

tom24. The Big Short

“The Big Short is about the financial crisis that struck all of us globally and is gives a inside view of the downfall. Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale (supporting actor Oscar nominee), Steve Carrell, and Brad Pitt are the star cast who are Brilliant. Director Adam McKay product entertains and educates the audience both at the same time to give a perfect master piece.

5. Brooklyn

This 1950 setting movie is very relevant to present scenario also. It’s about a girl who is an immigrant of Ireland. Her name is Brooklyn who reaches New York to start a new life. This is one of the top movies of 2015.It is nominated for the best picture.