The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) dir. Tobe Hooper

Critics on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre's place in the Southern Gothic tradition:

the-texas-chainsaw-massacre"The profane element of the film is the localization of the cataclysm precisely in the historical situation of the American Southwest in the late twentieth century. This is the same thing as Faulkner situating his novel in the midst of rural Mississippi in the earliest parts of the twentieth century. O’Connor sends Hazel Motes on his blasphemous journey in the wilds of a small town in post World War II Tennessee." - Christopher Hoppe

"In other words, this banalization of the Gothic may be modern in horror cinema, but in the case of Texas (1974), it clearly follows the literary tradition of the Southern Gothic. The passage from day to night gives way to a more classical Gothic atmosphere..." - David Roche

texaschainsawmassacrehose1"The film suggests that we "discover" something about America as Sally and her friends stumble upon the cannibal household... We witness also the implications underneath the "deliberate regression" to early, primeval culture lauded by Romantic art and so much an attribute of American myth. Hooper's apocalyptic landscape is Texas, not Wisconsin. It is a desert wasteland of dissolution where once vibrant myth is desiccated. The ideas and iconography of Cooper, Bret Harte, and Francis Parkman are now transmorgified into agribusiness yards of sick cattle, dilapidated gasoline stations and fast-food joints, defiled graveyards, crumbling mansions, and a ramshackle farmhouse full of psychotic killers." - Christopher Sharrett the texas chain saw massacre"Finally, the terrible house (whether in Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher," in Psycho... or here) signifies the dead weight of the past crushing the life of the younger generation..." - Robin Wood