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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sounds from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

"More of a surreal art film than straight horror, Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a true work of genius. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most brutal films, not because it's a slasher blood-fest (there's actually very little blood in any scene), but because it brilliantly manipulates a viewer through a distant, almost documentary snuff film, point of view. With brilliant camerawork, editing and grainy film stock, you are made to feel the oppressive Texas heat and the claustrophobic confines of a van or a dining room cluttered with garbage. This is a miserable movie with a miserable outcome. ...

But the soundtrack is what really pushes this film into another realm...

Foregoing a typical background orchestral score, TCM uses sound as a primary element in the storytelling. I have ripped the audio of various scenes from DVD. These pieces work on their own and effectively evoke mood and story. Sound as central character... "
Read more over at The Cake & Polka Parade. And listen. To the sounds. Of horror.