I love this film. Great shots I remember watching it as a kid on my VCR. My bro and I watched it at night with the lights cut off. It creeped us out. The house reminded us of one down the road.
Hooper pretty much doesn't put a foot wrong with this one. Has to be one of the most effective horror films of all time, with an overwhelming atmosphere of dread. The dinner table scene borders on unbearable, and should be shown to any up and coming filmmakers who mistakenly believe that gore-drenched scenes are an absolute must for their art.
Yeah, I remember white-knuckling it through the dinner table scene the first time I saw it as a teenager. That scene still gets to me. It's funny, the film sometimes gets a rep for being a gore-fest but there is actually very little (the hitchhiker slashing his hand) but there is the suggestion of incredible violence that really works on your brain and makes you think you're seeing more than Hooper is actually showing. Brilliant film.
Something about the stills you chose really drives home for me what a hippie freak-out film this was. Amazing post-Manson "creepy-crawl" energy. It is fascinating that Hooper, like Romero before him, seemed to be working at a level of deep subconscious.I remember seeing TCM at a midnight screening at the Kentucky Theater in about 1994. I had just moved to Los Angeles, and it was my first trip back to Kentucky. I'd seen the movie many times at that point - but something about that particular viewing was so intense, I couldn't take it! I had to get up and leave the theater about 45 minutes in.
Haha. I only saw this movie for the first time last October. An unforgettable classic for sure. And if anyone wonders where modern horror got its start, this is the film to look at. I think its even more brutal than lots of the modern films that are dubbed "torture porn." Well, I reject that term for now and then, but the coorelation is distinct. Nice choice...gotta love that 70s grain!
Thanks everyone for the terrific comments. I am sorry I have been delayed in commenting back later but am greatly enjoying reading them, as always. To me, Hooper's film is one one of the ultimate American Independent films, along with a handful of films ranging from the likes of SHADOWS to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD...a work that perfectly accomplishes everything it sets out to do and it still towers over most that have come since.
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