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.