Texas, Shea Vasser, Leatherface discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour


Having me back on this wonderful occasion. I miss most hallowed occasion and filling out our panel is writer and film critic Shea Vasser. Welcome back Shea. Thank you so much for having me. This is going to be something else. It is a joy to have you all here. So in Texas chainsaw massacre, there is a massacre in Texas involving chainsaws. I could go on to say it's more complicated than that, but it really isn't. We get a new throng of pretty clueless outsiders. They inadvertently unleash a horror grizzly mayhem ensues, but the history of Texas chainsaw massacre is kind of fascinating. The first film from all the way back in 1974 was directed by tobe hooper. It was a grungy, low budget, notorious cult classic, and actually not all that gory by today's standards from there, the series went over the top silly as in 1980 6s Texas chainsaw massacre part two, my daughter's favorite movie, only to become more streamlined as it's been rebooted in fits and starts over the years. Now, the latest Texas chainsaw massacre movie heads directly to Netflix, but it's also going back to its roots as it brings back the character of Sally hardesty, the lone survivor of leatherface's first rampage, there are also a lot of gruesome deaths by chainsaw, the film is directed by David blue Garcia and stars Sarah jorgen elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham as leatherface and olwyn fuere as Sally Hardisty. Jordan, I am going to start with you, where do you stand on the Texas chainsaw massacre series and where do you stand on the new Netflix movie? On the series of these super killer four horsemen of the apocalypse, the leather is not my favorite, but it is the franchise that disturbs me the most. Watching the original, that's still one of the most upsetting horror movies I can experience. There is something so upsetting and brutal and just real. You just sort of can't shake it after. It's like a real gotta go shower movie. And then just the level of nihilistic brutality that carries through even into the craziest century of the franchise with Texas chainsaw the next generation with Matthew McConaughey in it. In the mid 90s and Renée Zellweger, the sociopathy of that movie. And it really made those movies a great fit for remakes in the 2000s tonally horror of the 2000s was really the most nihilistic we had been since the horror of the 1970s, like in a post Vietnam era and then in a post 9 11 era, so it translated really well to those sort of updates, and then you have this 2010s era where we sort of come gone out to sea with what the identity of.

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