The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Devil's Advocates)

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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 (for example, the Final Girl convention of slasher films) and discusses its influence and subsequent sequels and remakes.

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Auteur Publishing's new Devil's Advocates critiques offer bracingly fresh perspectives from passionate writers. The series will perfectly complement the BFI archive volumes. --Christopher Fowler, Independent on Sunday

[the author] find[s] new and unusual perspectives with which to address [the] censor-baiting material. Unsurprisingly, the effect... is to send the reader back to the films...: watch the films, read these Devil's Advocate analyses of them. --Crime Time

Devil's Advocates has proven itself more than capable of producing impassioned, intelligent analyses of genre cinema... Like the other books in the series, it's in-depth, elegant, focused and with a remarkable attention to detail. Rose, an obvious fan and scholar of all things Chain Saw writes with clarity and intelligence... It's a fine addition to any genre bookshelf. Like any good film criticism/appreciation book, it leaves you wanting to revisit the movie as soon as possible. Devil's Advocates are quickly becoming the go-to guys for intelligent, easily digestible film criticism. --Joel Harley, Horror Talk.com

Going into intricate detail and theorising the film like never before, Rose takes new perspectives on the much loved and genre defining classic... those wanting more than the usual angles will find plenty to chew on. ...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. --Martin Unsworth, Starburst Magazine

Auteur Publishing continue the good work of giving serious critical attention to significant horror films... --Black Static

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James Rose is the author of Beyond Hammer and Studying The Devil's Backbone (both Auteur, 2009) and is a contributor to Directory of World Cinema: Britain and World Film Locations: London (both Intellect Publishing).

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