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Text 5 - The Texaschainsaw

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HISTORIC TEXT 5
HISTORIC TEXT 5
\u201cThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre\u201d (19
\u201cThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre\u201d (19
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Media Studies
Media Studies
A2 Genre Study
A2 Genre Study
What led to the creation of
What led to the creation of
\u201cThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre\u201d?
\u201cThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre\u201d?
\u2022Tobe Hooper was just out of film

school. His only previous
experience behind the camera was
an acclaimed short film entitled
\u201cEggshells\u201d.

\u2022Along with Kim Henkel, Hooper

wanted to make a realistic piece
which they could use to get more
film work.

\u2022Due to budgetary constraints, the
two decided to make a horror movie.
\u2022When shopping in a hardware store,

Hooper was pushed up against a
rack of chainsaws. It was that
moment which gave him the basic
plot.

\u2022Hooper and Henkel used the true
story of serial killer Ed Gein to flesh
out their plot into a full script.
Who was Ed Gein? How has he
Who was Ed Gein? How has he
influenced the horror genre?
influenced the horror genre?
\ue000Ed Gein was the first American serial killer, and the earliest example of
true human horror
\ue000Gein was a loner who lived with his Mother on a farm in Wisconsin until
her death in 1945.
\ue000Refusing to accept she was dead, he dug up her corpse and brought it
back to their house.
\ue000Gein proceeded to dig up other bodies and take parts from them. He
made a female bodysuit from human skin in order to \u201cfind out what it was
like to be a woman\u201d. He also decorated his home with human remains.
\ue000In 1957, Bernice Worden went missing from her shop. A till receipt for
Gein was found at the scene. When the police visited his farm they found
Worden\u2019s gutted body on a meat hook in the outhouse.
\ue000During his trial, Gein claimed that his Mother had been giving him orders
to dig up corpses and to murder women with \u201cinappropriate morals\u201d.
\ue000Gein\u2019s story has inspired a variety of films such as \u201cPsycho\u201d (1960),
\u201cDeranged\u201d (1974), \u201cSilence of the Lambs\u201d (1990), \u201cEd Gein\u201d (2000), and
of course \u201cTexas Chainsaw\u201d.

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