Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (2004)
True to its title, this video documentary features the creative forces behind the infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and its 1986 sequel. Director Tobe Hooper is a veritable fountain of self-effacing anecdotes. Equally engaging is TCM leading lady Marilyn Burns, who discusses in vivid detail the perils of working upon a maggot-infested set. Generous footage from the two Massacre films are put on display here, along with a smattering of outtakes. Like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies themselves, A Family Portrait is at once repulsive and likeable. … More
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Interesting documentary about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that gives a look at the making of the film. Director Brad Shellady interviews the cast and they talk about the filming of the movie. This is a well rounded out film that definitely will give fans something interesting to watch. The documentary uses footage from the film and production photos to recall the moments in making this horror classic. Tobe Hooper delivered a powerful film with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This is not a perfect documentary, but it is interesting to watch as we see the cast recall the shoot. The biggest problem of the film is that it is too short, and it would have been great if it would have been longer and included more interviews and more history about this classic, landmark horror film. As it stands A Family Portrait is a good documentary, but it is interesting for what it is. The cast give terrific interviews, but like I said, there could have been a more fulfilled, more complete and in depth documentary that featured the legacy of the film, its sequels and its impact on the horror genre. There could have been a more complete documentary that looks at the entire franchise, but this only focuses on the making of the original, which is good to watch and the actors do talk about the impact a bit, but they don't go in detail about it, which is a bit disappointing. This is nonetheless essential viewing for fans of the film, but I feel that the definitive Texas Chainsaw Massacre documentary has yet to be made, until then, this is enough to please fans. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an iconic picture and with this documentary you get a bit of the impact, but what could have been better was that the cast could have been a bit more in depth about the film's legacy and impact. Due to its short run time, we don't get that in full, and I think it's one of the film's low-points. Other than that, give A Family Portrait a viewing.More
I genuinely love these movies and I think if I were to speak to a professional about my inherent love for them, some deeper, darker infatuation with Leatherface would emerge. The dude is just so goddamn cool!More
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