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Philosophy of The Chainsaw Swanson: Why 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Is The Greatest Vietnam War Film Ever Made

I took a moment and thought about it and had answered, “The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” My friend looked at me as if I were from Mars. I explained, “Yeah, that’s a great Vietnam film in my books. I mean sure it does not show any scenes of war on camera but to me, it has always been a marvellous gem that hid its agenda. Maybe I am odd and have a distorted way of looking at films, but I assumed everyone looked at TCM as a Vietnam War film?” I was wrong.

Think about the common elements that make not just a war film, but a “Vietnam War” film. A Vietnam War film will always feature the themes of utter dehumanization (Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket, Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now), also the showing of insanity through out the film, where morality has soon become a myth and all that’s left is pain, suffering, and insanity (Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter, Tom Berenger in Platoon, and hell even Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump). Which to me verifies my theory that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a Vietnam War film, as the loose and warp of morality, the ideology of place/theatre where all that left is pure pain, suffering and ultimately insanity, is the DNA of the world The Texas Chainsaw Massacre creates.

Still not sold? Well ask this…

In The Texas Chain Saw Massacre you have a group of young, trendy, hip, and attractive young city kids who get in their friends camper van during the blazing hot summer of ‘73 to pick up a inheritance from one of the gang. The inheritance is a grand estate, a house left to them in a will of a long lost distant relative. Now why would a bunch of hip city kids, leave the realms of their metropolis, during the hottest summer on record, to drive nearly 1,500 miles to the middle of nowhere for what reason? A house in the middle of batshit nowhere? Or, are they running from something?

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