Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of those films that really does live up to all the hype. Cinefamily presents The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary, with director/co-writer Tobe Hooper in conversation with William Friedkin, talking about the film that redefined the horror genre and is as much a part of 1970s independent cinema as the works of Cassavetes or Mazursky. There wasn't a lot going on in violent cinema in 1974 — sure, there were Terrence Malick's Badlands, but this was a film about a cannibalized place that just gripped the audience by the throat and didn't let go. It's like it was personal. Tonight's screening is also a fundraiser for Cinefamily, and the print is a new 4K DCP restoration of the film, so everything looks extra-realistic and nightmarish. Maybe Monday's weather will be hot and vile — just as it was in Texas when they made the film. Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Feliz; Mon., July 21, 8 p.m. (doors 7:30); $48 & $75. (323) 660-6639 (Vista), (323) 655-2510 (Cinefamily),cinefamily.org.
Mon., July 21, 8 p.m., 2014
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