The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

BookThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Devil's Advocates


April 16th, 2013

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No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and depiction of an insane but nonetheless (dys)functional family on the furthest reaches of society who have regressed to cannibalism in the face of economic hardship. As well as providing a summary of the making of the film, James Rose discusses the extraordinary censorship history of the film in the UK (essentially banned for two decades) and provides a detailed textual analysis of the film with particular reference to the concept of 'the Uncanny'. He also situates the film in the context of horror film criticism (the 'Final Girl' character) and discusses its influence and subsequent sequels and remakes.

In-depth, elegant, focused.... Like any good film criticism/appreciation book, it leaves you wanting to revisit the movie as soon as possible.


You may think you know Hooper's film, but after reading this Devil's Advocate dissection you will look upon it in a whole new light.

Starburst Magazine

Author Information

James Rose is an independent scholar specializing in Gothic and horror cinema. He has published with a range of international journals, including Vertigo, Splice, Senses of Cinema, Offscreen, MediaMagazine, and Rue Morgue, and is the author of Beyond Hammer: British Horror Cinema Since 1970.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Tobe Hooper and the Making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre8
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the BBFC20
Bad Omens30
The Charnel House48
The Family70
The Uncanny90
General Bibliography106