It’s 1979. The sun is beating down on the Texas countryside, the porn industry is on the precipice of a glorious, VHS-fueled boom, and there’s not a care in the world for X’s gang of zealous porn-stars as they travel to the boonies to make the next masterpiece in adult cinema. Well, that is, until the owners of the farmhouse they are renting out go ax/gun/knife-happy, reminding us that, oh shit, this place looks a lot like where that unsuspecting cohort got hacked to death just five years prior in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Horror-master Ti West isn’t afraid of the Chain Saw comparison; in fact, he welcomes it. From the luscious, grainy, middle-of-nowhere imagery to the close proximity of sexiness to scariness to the rusty old pick-up trucks, and everything in between, X is a whole-hearted homage to the ’70s slasher movement. And unlike the majority of its kind, it actually manages to live up to its predecessors.
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In 1974, director Tobe Hooper changed the trajectory of slasher horror forever with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, his renowned entry into the so-called Hixploitation subgenre. It follows a group of unsuspecting tourists who are terrorized by the chainsaw-wielding cannibalistic maniac Leatherface. An immediate smash-hit upon its release, the movie inspired eight feature-length sequels, spin-offs, and remakes.
The latest entry is David Blue Garcia‘s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a Netflix Original sequel that takes place decades after the original and sees Leatherface antagonizing a group of young misfits after they move to a Texas ghost town.
It only stands to reason that, after watching the new installment, you’ll want to brush up on the slasher and hixploitation subgenres — or even do a deep-dive into them. And, yes, we know, this corner of cinema is uniquely dense and overwhelming, but that’s what you have us for. So read on for our handpicked list of movies to watch if you’re a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
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