Find a collection of Tobe Hooper's SXSW 2014 Festival interviews, promoting the unveiled Texas Chain Saw Massacre 4K remastering, and also, I confess my hidden critical feelings on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, as a film I find almost irritatingly apolitical. This post would be the place to argue with me about it, as I do acknowledge the strength of the film's outraged atmosphere and its rail against the perfidies of a meat-based society. I'd say my favorite description of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is as a vegetarian tract, rather than a post-Watergate response. Hooper's more poignant political (to the particular degree to which a Tobe Hooper work is "political") work would be to come.
Here's a taste, then you can follow the link or click-through picture above:
Hooper’s interviews are always a kick in the way of a pleasant formality: one knows what to expect, and they always abide. Thus the kick of amused self-satisfaction. Always a series of half-memories, amiable sound bytes bent over backwards for, small fallacies - unintentional - and pleasant affirmations (intentional). The friendliest sort of self-deprecation… an endearing, thoughtless frankness; redaction-free self-confessions worthy of much admiration.
Texas Chain Saw is the sort of vague artistic attempt of a green filmmaker, as Hooper was at that point. "A film about a very bad day" (in extension, the world), indeed, is the sort of somewhat poetic but largely pithy and rank polemic that would be compromised by a promising but not-quite-there artist, only at the beginning of peeling away the more basic levels of pretension that prop up his great artistic mind.