Southern Gothic

The Southern Gothic Texas Chain Saw 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.”6 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

Review: Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone avoids the rural-themed art house cliches. The plot moves along briskly - there aren't the monotonous landscape-indulgent pauses that plagued Frozen River and its ilk. The accents seem unaffected, and the film relies on story and character, so that concerns over "genuineness" are forgotten. It eschews both Hollywood mawkishness and indie over-understatedness.