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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Start of a Horror Franchise Chad Harker Tyler Streuber Senior Division Website

As best friends, one would think deciding a topic that took place at least twenty years ago would be easy, but to our surprise, it wasnt. We could not do most of the events that we have knowledge of today, until the idea of movies came to mind. However, we encountered another problem: what movie was controversial enough to gather our attention as well as the judges? We decided to do some research, and in the end, we ended up coming across a movie that neither of us had any inclination that the movie was controversial, and that movie was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. After finding out that we were doing a movie, the first thing we did was order the movie on Netflix. We received it in the mail a few days later and watched it. We actually could not figure out why the movie was so controversial, but we discovered that there were no other movies of this kind, during the seventies. We also noticed that at the beginning of the movie they said it was based of a true story. After watching the movie, we went to the library and looked through the encyclopedias and discovered that the movie was not entirely based off Ed Geins crimes. We learned the crime behind the movie and the affect the movie had on the movie-making process. Once our topic was chosen, we limited the various types of presentations down two or three choices. It ultimately came down to creating a website. The reason we chose a website was because we knew we could have different kinds of multimedia and information in one place. With the ability to embed a movie clip, pictures, a slide-show, and still have a number of pages for the rest of the information was what it ultimately came down to. That is where we took the chance to include the most we could in our project, once we gathered all of our information needed. At the same time of choosing our topic, we also explained to ourselves how our topic related to the National History Day theme for 2012. To begin with revolution, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre changed the way the horror movies were created, including the rise in horror movies

following this one. reaction dealt with the controversy and views that occurred after this movie was released. The controversy that dealt with an introduction in gore and a new type of horror. Finally, reform, dealing with the alteration of horror movies and what they began to show on the big screen. Not only that, but the variations in the audiences and critics point of view. Overall, with our love of movies and the interest of the topic, we were glad to learn and find information on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Annotated Bibliography

Ebert, Roger. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Chicago Sun-Times [Chicago] 01 01 1974, n. pag. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. This is one of the positive reviews of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We learned that even though most people found the movie gory and horrendous, even Roger Ebert enjoyed the movie overall. We are using this as a review for the Audience Reacts page. Hooper, Tobe, dir. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Writ. Kim Henkel. Bryanston Pictures Release, 1974. Film. This is the actual movie for which we are studying. We felt that we actually needed to watch the movie that we were doing research on. We could pick out the true and false information from any source. We are practically using this on every page on our website. Hooper, Tobe, dir. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)- Official TV Spot 1. Bryanston Pictures Release, 1974. Web. 8 Feb 2012. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Variety. 12 31 1973: n. page. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. This is the official television spot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This shows a short preview of the movie, which is nothing like the previews we had today.We used this preview on the home page. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Variety. 12 31 1973: n. page. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. This is article is not generally for the movie audience. This talks about the cinematography aspect of the movie. It talks about how the movie was sort of dull and drawn out, but it still had that professional look. Adding to the positive side of the movie. We are using this as a review for the Audience Reacts page.

Bell, Rachael, and Marilyn Bardsley. "Ed Gein: The Inspiration for Buffalo Bill and Psycho." Trutv. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb 2012. This was a small site that explained how Ed Gein infuenced characters in other movies, such as Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs) and Psycho. We used this for the Horror... Redefined page. "Case File Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb 2012. This contains the actual, basic information about the case of Ed Gein. It shows pictures of him, his grave, and the farm-house that he murdered his victims in. We used this on the True Story or Not page on our website. "Crime File- Famous Criminal: Ed Gein." crime & investigation network. AETN UK, 2005-2011. Web. 21 Feb 2012. Instead of focusing on Ed Gein, we focused on his mother with his site. The root of his problem. It went in depth into the life of her life, including what made her mind go corrupt. We used this on the True Story or Not page. "Ed Gein: American Psycho." House of Horrors. Internet Zombie Productions, 1997-2012. Web. 21 Feb 2012. This site is a statement saying that this movie was not an actual case, only based of one. They referred to him as a source to the change of horror movies. This will go on the Horror... Redefined page. "Ed Gein." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb 2012. This biography focuses mainly on the life issues and the crime itself of Ed Gein. A lot of sights focus on how he helped inspire the movie, but this goes more into Ed Gein himself. We used this on the True Story or Not page.

"Edward Gein." Infamous American Murders. N.p., Apr 2012. Web. 06 Feb 2012. This site is where we learned most of the information we know about Ed Gein. We learned his criminal record, family, etc. We used this on the True Story or Not page. Gottesman, Ronald. "Ed Gein." Violence in America. 2. Charles Scribners, 1999. Print. This encyclopedia taught us on what he did with his victims and from the graves he dug up. We learned he created a skin suit, skull soup bowls, and much more. We put this on the True Story or Not page for the website. Mossivan, Jennifer. "Ed Gein." Almanac of Famous People. Gale Group, Inc., 2001. Print. We learned the birth date and death date of Ed Gein. Most of the cites did not actually have this and this encyclopedia is one of the first things we looked at. It was a good starting point. This went on the True Story or Not page. Ramsland, Katherine. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Case it's Based on." Trutv. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb 2012. This site contains movie critic and fan reviews from the time it came out. It also shows pictures of the movie and the basic story plot.We used this on the Audience Reacts page. Ring, Robert. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)." N.p., 30 Oct 2010. Web. 21 Feb 2012. This site goes very in depth to the entire plot of the movie. It also states how it changed horror movies as well as the goals of the director and other filmmakers of the movie.We mainly used this on Beyond the Script page, but also used it on the Audience Reacts page. Schneider, Steven Joy. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Quintet Publishing Limited, 2003. Print.

This gives a description of the majority of reviews that came out with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With it being so controversial, we were surprised to find that many people liked it. We put this on the Audience Reacts page. Sharret, Christopher. "The 1960's and After." Film Reference. Advameg, Inc., n.d. Web. 14 Feb 2012. On this site, we learned how the rating system changed by the types of movies that have been coming out recently, especially The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We also learned about the creation of the MPAA. We are going to use this on the Uprising of Horror page. "Synopsis for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre." N.p., 04 2012. Web. 8 Feb 2012. We wanted a professional synopsis/summary of the movie and this is where we got it. We put this information on the Beyond the Script page. "What was the Production Code." wiseGEEK. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb 2012. When I looked up how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre changed the rating system, I saw the MPAA and did not know what it meant. I figured out that the MPAA stood for the Motion Picture Association of America. We also put this on the Uprising of Horror page.