Texas Chainsaw, power tool horror and the BBFC

Feature Ryan Lambie Jan 11, 2013

With Texas Chainsaw 3D out now in cinemas, Ryan looks at the history of the power tool death in horror, and changing attitude of the BBFC...

There’s something irresistibly robust and nasty about the title, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Rolling beautifully off the tongue, it hints at all kinds of horrific and violent acts - and it certainly sounds more violent and exploitative than Tobe Hooper’s 1974 movie actually was.

Far from just another gore-drenched slasher movie, Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw was more about the threat of violent death than its graphic depiction; his use of sound, editing and careful framing made the few murders really count, and made viewers think they’d seen something far nastier and brutal than they really had.

If anything, Hooper was rather too successful in this regard. In spite of his movie’s relative restraint, critics decried
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