Special Program: They Wanted To See Something Different

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Tobe Hooper
USA 1974
83min
V'12

A group of American adolescents on an outdoor excursion is picked up by a cannibalistic killer family. THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE drastically describes the anxieties of young people at the time of the Vietnam War. The United States had turned into a murderous machine that had its own children slaughtered. This early splatter classic defines the style to this day and is, like Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO earlier on, based on the true case of Edward Gein, a murderer and tomb raider. The house of the cannibal family looks like we had always imagined the inside of Ed Gein’s house of horror to look. The facial skin mask of Leatherface, the giant slaughterer, conceals the shy, oppressed human being of the lonely farmer Ed Gein. In a final act of liberation, the suppressed drives of mama’s boy break open with brute force, the chainsaw being a phallic symbol. In Germany the film was officially seized until 2011.

Please be aware that the 1 a.m. screening at the Gartenbaukino will take place in the night between November 3 and 4.

Credits
  • Marilyn Burns - Sally Hardesty
  • Allen Danziger - Jerry
  • Paul A. Partain - Franklin Hardesty
  • William Vail - Kirk
  • Teri McMinn - Pam
  • Gunnar Hansen - Leatherface
  • Kim Henkel
  • Tobe Hooper
  • Ted Nicolaou
  • Daniel Pearl
  • Larry Carroll
  • Sallye Richardson
  • Wayne Bell
  • Tobe Hooper
  • Robert A. Burns
Vortex
MPI Media Group
Turbine Medien
35 mm
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