Πέμπτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2013

The Soundtrack of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)


The Soundtrack of "The Texas ChainSaw Massacre" (Tobe Hooper, 1974)



The Score of the masterpiece “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

As I have already mentioned on previous relative articles “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is an independent film project and it’s among the most successful horror films ever. Texas Chainsaw Massacre had a huge impact on industry and actually redefined cannibal theme movies and enforced the “last girl” concept on the horror genre.

Before The Texas Chainsaw Massacre  

On my previous article about “Origins and Inspirations” of Texas Chainsaw Massacre  I had mentioned that Tobe Hooper was influenced by the Wisconsin real crime cannibal case of Ed Gain. The same real crime case inspired also another one masterpiece of horror cinema the Alfred Hitchcock's film “Psycho” and after Texas Chainsaw Massacre the same real crime case inspired the masterpiece “Silence of the Lambs”.

I would like to highlight the fact that the soundtrack of Psycho is based dissonant strings and it was the trademark of the genre for many decades. Also, Psycho’s score is the most copied film soundtrack in the history of cinema.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is different


The score of Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a mixture of country songs heard on radio and they are used very cleverly to counterpoint the horrific visuals. Also during the scene with the extreme close shot of Sally’s eyes the music was played by Tobe Hooper and Wayne Bell from bassy rumbles through clanging cymbals to stings.

There are also extreme follies from animals like pigs and caws. But, the most influential of all is the revving and whirring sound of the ever – presented CHAINSAW.

Personal Opinion
 

The Texas Chanisaw Massacre  is a not just a film it’s a masterpiece. Students and film fans must study it frame by frame. It’s a unique project produced with low budget but huge passion, talent and unique point of view. Texas Chainsaw Massacre has a unique mood it’s summer and the weather is very hot, the plot structure of the film presentes in 80 minutes the innocence of the youth, the barbarism of a weird family and bizarre crimes somewhere into the unknown Texas.

Even, with limited resources Tobe Hooper produced an unforgettable film. All of as who love, study, write direct or produce films have to respect and follow film making rules of cinema geniuses like Tobe Hooper.


The soundtrack of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (Tobe Hooper, 1974) film consists of the following songs.

(1). “Fool for a Blonde” - Roger Bartlett  & Friends
(2). “Waco” – Timberline Rose
(3). “Daddy’s Sick Again” - Arkley Blue
(4). “Misty Hour of Daylight” – Arkley Blue
(5). “Feriade las Flores” – Los Cyclones
(6). “Poco a Poco No” – Los Cyclones
(7). “Glad Hard” – Timberline Rose

You can watch on youtube the “Fool for Blonde” song - Tribute to Texas Chainsaw Massacre


 

Elias Stoikos

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