Fun with GIFs: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre “Sally’s Terror”
I almost feel a little bad calling this particular duo of GIFs “Fun”. One of the elements that always made Tobe Hooper’s brilliant 1974 horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre effective for me was Sally’s (Marilyn Burns) terror. The dinner scene in Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ranks high among my favourites to appear in a genre film. We experience the scene from both “the family’s” and Sally’s perspective. Imagine finding yourself tied to a chair at this table? There is an onslaught of shots of Sally struggling and screaming juxtaposed with the family laughing and mocking her. Hooper lingers on Sally’s terrified face giving us close-ups of her facial features with a focus on the eyes. Despite its brutal reputation, there is very little graphic violence in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It is shots like these that give this masterpiece of horror its bad-ass reputation.