Horror review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 16, 2003Let’s face it, Texas Chainsaw Massacre was brilliant. Not the 1974 film itself—although for its time it was quite groundbreaking—but the movie’s title. Has there ever been three words that so powerfully evoked the promise of celluloid carnage? Say it with me, slowly and with feeling: Texas…Chainsaw…Massacre.I … Continue reading Horror review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Horror review: Willard

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 13, 2003 Why would anyone bother to remake a 32-year-old rampaging-rats flick that was never much good in the first place? Sure, the original Willard did boffo box office in ’71—enough to spawn an awful sequel (Ben) that also made money—but its story of a mother-dominated, boss-abused office … Continue reading Horror review: Willard

Horror review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre–The Beginning

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 12, 2006 WX-1130 is a great place to get traffic updates (“every 10 minutes on the ones”), but the local AM station should skip movie criticism. One Friday rush hour, I was tuned in to keep tabs on the time when the morning team decided it should compare a couple … Continue reading Horror review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre–The Beginning