The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 1974 film and is considered one of the most iconic films in horror film history. It is about a group of friends who are on their way to an old homestead and in the way, they fall prey to a family of cannibals. It is widely believed to be a true story, and this myth was widely perpetrated by the makers of the film.
The ‘real story’ part – how true is it?
After the film finished filming, it released a year later. It premiered in Texas and found great success in the entire nation. Post 1976, the film was reissued to theatres and run as a ‘true story’. There were full page advertisements that attracted people with the ‘true story’ trope.
However, although the story is not real, it does take inspiration from some real events. The character of Leatherface, who is the main antagonist in the movie, was inspired from a real life murderer, Ed Gein. Certain plot details were also picked from Gein’s life.
Reasons for the real story marketing
Here is how many benefited by making this chainsaw massacre story seem true.
- Drawing in the audience – Horror movies tend to be more scary when marketed as a ‘true story’. This was one of the reasons the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was presented as a true happening.
- Political commentary – The original screenplay writers of the movie made a subtle political commentary about the cultural and political landscape at the time. Hooper, one of the writers, has drawn a correlation between the real story trope and the intentional misinformation created by the government about Watergate, the gasoline crisis and the violence during the Vietnam War.
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