It's been said, but The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is horrifying for
what it doesn't show. New Line snatched up the distribution rights
in the early 80s, allowing new audiences to experience Massacre's
gripping realism and documentary-style horror.
Tracking his movie across a dozen characters and plotlines, Paul Thomas
Anderson puts the viewer on one heckuva emotional rollercoaster. Though
heavily reminiscent of Altman, Magnolia's driving romantic pulse
and ascent into wondrous surrealism makes Anderson more than an imitator;
it places him in the company of the American masters.