It's clear Hooper didn't let the obvious budgetary limitations hinder his production and instead opted for a more avant-garde, experimental approach in order to realise his vision, something which is clearly echoed in the creative chances that Sam Raimi took a decade or so later with his breakthrough feature, The Evil Dead (1981). The film's portentous opening voice-over and that agonisingly slow track back revealing two festering corpses straddling a cemetery monument set the tone magnificently. Hooper has little concern with delving into the lives of his teenage/twenty-something characters and aside from his lead, the late Marilyn Burns (who gives a truly astounding performance) the director has no qualms about abruptly and remorselessly bumping off his cast. This is largely why The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has endured. It's a stripped-down, fat-free cinematic experience with an animalistic vigour equal to that of iconic villain Leatherface's fervent drive to turn his prey into human cutlets.
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