MOVIE REVIEWS - 1974
1974 had its share of decent genre movies, but two films stood out for very different reasons...
Francis Ford Coppola returned to pick-up the tale of the Corleone family withTH GODFATHER: PART II.
Delivering a split narrative between Al Pacino's Michael, and his descent into full-fledged crime boss, and the rise of Robert DeNiro's young Vito Corleone, the film expands the mythology of the first, but, also, provides a greater level of context for Michael's actions againist the backdrop of increasing political pressure on organised crime within America during the 1950s.
t's a truly great film and, arguably, the best sequel ever made.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE had none of the cache of THE GODFATHER: PART II, but it did possess an off-the-wall sense of mayhem that has made it a cult favourite and something of a landmark entry within the Horror genre.
Made by Tobe Hooper on a shoestring, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it's one hell of a chase movie, as Marilyn Burns and her co-stars are hounded, harrassed and (in some cases) butchered by a bizarre throw-back family of cannibals.
The film isn't as bloodthirsty as the title suggests, but the visual imapct of Hooper's staging makes it feels as though there's an awful lot more going on than what there really is.
Great final shot of Leatherface chasing his quarry down the road has become an emblem for the film's enduring appeal.
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