Doubleheader: ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘Child’s Play’

I am going to complete this with every last ounce of will in my body. 31 movies in 31 days. It is happening but last night was a hassle as I was up past 3:00 a.m. pulling off my first of two doubleheaders due to my rigorous week of school work. I am going to shorten and combine my reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Child’s Play because these are classics that you should know about and there is not too much underneath the surface of either of these movies. Both are just incredibly fun slasher flicks.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974)

The chainsaw-wielding, cross-dressing villain, Leatherface is still one of the most terrifying figures in horror history today, which has spawned a franchise that has lasted nearly 40 years with numerous sequels and reboots.

As I was watching this movie, I began to notice just how dumb it is. Every character decision felt like your basic, run-of-the-mill decision that will lead to the payoff of the killer collecting a victim. The group of young adults that we follow pick up a bloody hitchhiker and wait for him to cut their friend with a blade before kicking him out of the van. While they are seeking fuel for their van, they stay in the same area for an entire day. No one takes the van to the nearest gas station. They wait for their friends(who are already dead) to return to the van, which lasts from around midday to the late night. The lack of logic is very apparent with this one.

The late Marilyn Burns was great as the lead lady, Sally. Even with an ending dialogue that mostly consists of screaming, her body language and sense of dread are mesmerizing. She is the sole reason why the third act is watchable.

I do not care about the Sawyer family. They are there to be the crazy, middle-of-nowhere group of people and I did not have any interest in what they were doing. They commit the first decision you would write about people who are not all there in the head.

In my opinion, the last five minutes do not make any sense and are just a compilation of running, chainsaw-wielding, and on-and-on-and-on…..

With all that said though, it is still a classic slasher film. Leatherface’s introduction is still one of the most abrupt and shocking in film history itself and the kills are still just as brutal as they were for 1974.

Rating: 7/10

Child’s Play(1988)

Child’s Play Andy > Toy Story Andy

Alex Vincent delivered one of the most likable child performances of all-time as the lead, Andy.

You know the story of this movie. A fugitive named Charles Lee Ray, right before his death, performs a voodoo spell that transfers his soul into a “Good Guy” doll that will become the iconic Chucky doll that we know today.

Look, this one of the dumbest films ever brought to cinema but it is nearly impossible to hate this movie. Brad Dourif rules the screen as Chucky. His humor and his vocal mannerisms are what make the doll as classic as it is. As a child, I avoided this film because I was genuinely terrified of Chucky. Dolls are already horrifying as they are in reality. The thought of them being brought to life is mortifying to imagine.

One of my favorite scenes in this film is Andy seeing Chucky climb these stairs and getting closer to his room in this hospital. He cries and begs to get out but he eventually breaks down into tears at the thought that he is going to die at the hands of this doll.

As I have grown older, Chucky is just not scary anymore. I find him more hilarious and even see him more as comic relief for this film moreso than a serial killing doll. The only time I find him scary in this movie anymore is when he comes back to life after being charred in the fireplace. Chucky slowly walking towards Andy while wielding a knife is still terrifying to this day.

Rating: 8/10

 

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