Horror Cinema — Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Movie review
Kim Henkel’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

texas-chainsaw-massacre-the-next-generation POSTEROne of my all-time favourite horror movies is Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. I picked it up off the shelf because it starred Matthew McConaughey. I was not expecting it to be very good, but its simple storyline of lost teens in the woods combined with McConaughey’s insane character and gratuitous gore satisfied what I love in a horror movie. My favourite scene is when McConnaughey’s character sets another character on fire — it is the most insane moment! Love it!
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This installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise was the first I saw — and it sold me on consuming every other movie in the series. In general, most of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels are pretty terrible. I have one other favourite in the series, but I will save that for another blog post. Nothing compares to the original.

Henkel, Kim. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Columbia Pictures/New Line Cinema, 1994.

Necropants

Yesterday, I went to visit an exhibit about Vikings with a couple of good friends. As we toured the exhibit, one of my friends asked me, “Have you heard of necropants?”

And here are a pair — well, a replica of a pair.

necropants Iceland

Necropants are part of Icelandic magic folklore from the 17th century. Wearing these pants are meant to guarantee your wealth, but getting a pair involves finding a living man willing to donate his skin to you after he dies, and a coin from a widow (in one account, I read that the widow had to be of the guy whose legs you are about to wear) during a Christmas or Easter. You place the coin in the scrotum of the pants to ensure your wealth. What is worse, I think, is that you are supposed to wear them from that point on and then make sure to get them off before you die.

The following video does a good job of explaining the zany rules around making the necropants work.

Horror Cinema: Late Phases

Movie review
Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases

Late Phases features a blind hero who battles werewolves. Being blind, his sense of smell and hearing are heightened, like the werewolves. This makes for a really interesting take on the werewolf story. The story was well told and the werewolf attacks were appropriately gruesome.

Adrián García Bogliano. Late Phases, Dark Sky Films, 2014.

Horror Gore

Searching online for good horror make-up, I found this list from Dread Central of the 10 Modern Horror Films With Awesome Practical Effects:

  • The Evil Dead (remake)
  • Late Phases
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Slither
  • Exists
  • Turistas
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Hell Fire
  • John Dies at the End
  • Altered

I have not seen many of these movies, which is good because it means I have got a bunch of horror movies to watch! I am going to start with Slither.

Still from Gunn, James. Slither, Universal Pictures, 2006.