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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.

Also read: Cinema Gives New Lease Of Life To Dementia Patients.


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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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.