Exploitation horror analysis of chainsaw massacre

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Exploitation horror analysis of chainsaw massacre

  1. 1. Exploitation Horror Analysis of Texas Chainsaw Massacre- Shot when he is chopping meat in the slaughter house, depth of field over the shoulder shot is used, this creates enigma because we can’t see his face (Barthes Narrative Theory)- The beginning is very fast paced (dark, gross, screams, horrific) and then abruptly cuts to teenagers in a pool. Binary oppositions, good life vs bad, gruesome, harsh life (Levi-Strauss Narrative Theory)- Sex section – blonde girl – conventions of teenagers, romance- Masked killer, sledgehammer, hits old man (conventions of exploitation horror)- Axe, knife – blood everywhere – killer analysed all weapons and chose the biggest (the chainsaw)- Flash – unfocussed shot of the guy in black, also creating enigma- Teenagers in the car – binary opposition of death – they all look very happy and they are playing happy music- Change in equilibrium – the bikers mess with the teenagers in the car (we, as viewers now know that something bad is about to happen)- There is an abandoned house (horror convention)- Policemen are driving – chainsaw guy dressed in black with mask – we can’t see him, creates enigma- They are eating the sheriff – out of the norm, very exploitive- Dark surroundings – slow, deep music – creates suspense- Long shot, depth of field, low angle worms eye on sheriff – this makes him look more powerful- Characteristics of the girl – curious, vulnerable, suspicious (typical for most victims)- They crash into a cow – things change – there is blood everywhere, gets very messy- Last girl standing – Brunette – Still there at the car (Final Girl Theory, Carol J Clover 1992)- Deep, heavy breathing of girl (typical convention)- Shot of the man’s foot stamp on the ground – we can’t see anymore, we don’t know what is coming- Screeching/heavy breathing continuously- Cut to scene where sally is running on her own through some woods (horror convention)- “Hush little baby” – contrapuntal sound – hitting of blonde guy at the same time!- Harsh, dark lighting- Male Gaze (Laura Mulvey) – Men play active roles, women play passive roles

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