A small crew under the direction of Tobe Hooper shoot actress Marilyn Burns as she throws herself into the back of a pick-up to escape Gunnar Hansen’s chainsaw-wielding Leatherface in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974).
Hooper produced the film for less than $140,000 USD and used a cast of relatively unknowns drawn mainly from central Texas where the film was shot. The low budget forced Hooper and his crew to work seven days a week, up to 16 hours a day. It was hot and humid, with temperatures as high as 110°F (43°C). Hansen would later recall, “It was 95, 100 degrees every day during filming. They wouldn’t wash my costume because they were worried that the laundry might lose it, or that it would change color. They didn’t have enough money for a second costume. So I wore that [mask] 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for a month.”
The film was banned in several countries upon release, and numerous theaters stopped showing it in response to complaints. It initially drew a mixed reception from critics, but was enormously profitable, grossing over $30 million in the U.S. alone. It has since received a positive critical reappraisal and gained a reputation as one of the best and most influential horror films in cinema history.
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Searching review: Searching caught my attention right off the bat with its inventive and hyper modern way of storytelling. The whole movie is shot and put together in such a way that it makes the whole main mystery feel like if blair witch and unsane had a better produced and less scary baby. All of the basic principles of movie making are, as you would expect from a good Sundance movie, pretty good. The pacing, direction, shots, and all that other jazz is all on lock. My issues with this movie came when the very well put together and highly suspenseful plot came to a point of extreme eeriness and intensity. You would think that, with the audience on the edge of their seats, the movie would come to a close in a similar fashion as this aforementioned climax. The ending to a movie completely based around a giant mystery has to have a good ending or the movie is completely ruined. With a heightening of the plot, this movie instead took a sharp left turn in Cheese Town and skidded down the road to the intersection of Nonsense Lane and Cliche Corner. Imagine it like this: The killer of a horror movie about to claim his final victim after a huge final scene highjacks the mostly atmospheric horror of the rest of the movie, and right as the killer is about to strike, his knees just buckle due to a gout flare up and he falls onto his own machete. Nonetheless, Searching is overall a good movie. If you want to see something different from the so to speak cookie cutter way of making a movie, Searching definitely won’t let you down on that front. A few bad side characters and a painfully bad anticlimax do take this movie down a couple notches from what it could have been, Searching still gets a solid 7.75.
A Simple Favor @asimplefavor@annakendrick47@blakelively@henrygolding
I'm both happy and upset to say... I have a new favorite film of the year...
This is a cinematic masterpiece in every way. Originality is here to stay (yes I know it's based on a book, but it's original for a movie).
The characters in this film are remarkable. From the suspicious Sean to the incredibly well-fleshed-out Stephanie, each character absolutely leaps off the screen.
Easily the best if the year. The twists and turns in the film are almost unprecedented. A remarkable screenplay.
Paul Feig knows what he's doing. This is why Spy was such a great film. He doesn't have the best track record, but that means nothing. The performances were amazing. I'm normally not a fan of Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding was my least favorite part of Crazy Rich Asians. But MY GOD WERE THEY GOOD.
Masterful shots and gorgeous camera work.
Didn't see a single flaw.
I LOVE the styles and color schemes in every way. The color is what really shines here.
Personal Liking: 5/5
I think you all know I'm absolutely in love with this movie.
This film is flawless. I'm sorry but perfect films exist. So far as I know, there are 4 perfect films. And I'll get to them some time in the hopefully near future.
I'm extremely glad to give A Simple Favor a:
I'm also very happy to include A Simple Favor as the #2 greatest film of all time. Everything about this film is absolutely breathtaking. Still not the greatest. I'll save that one for later. But nothin's wrong with #2 !
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