I don’t even know how many times I have seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974, but I do remember the first time. I was 13 years old, standing in a film store, choosing what to buy. I saw a very special edition of this movie and I got very intrigued. I bought it and watched it the same day. Everything about the film excited me, the cinematography, Leatherface, the killings and the atmosphere, I knew I had just vitnessed something special.
I was hooked on this film and had to show it to my mom and friends. The scene that has always been my favorite, was when Teri McMinn’s character was strung up on that meat hook and she had to watch her friends being dismembered by Leatherface. That scene changed something in me. Friends thought that I was insane for loving such a movie so much and were disgusted when I show them my favorite scene, but friends come and go, but movies are forever right?
Later I bought another edition of this film and I still love this film as much as I did the first time I saw it. I also got an autograph from Gunnar Hansen at a Sci-Fi Convention in Stockholm a few years ago.
I remember watching the first film when I was 12 years old, but I did not watch the rest of them until I was 14. When I was 14 I bought the box with all the films and I had been saving money the whole summer, because it was pretty expensive. I was so happy when I bought it and I instantly read the booklet that came with and visualised all the creative killing scenes.
I watched them all within a week and oh what a wonderful week it was. It is funny now though, because the sae box set that I was saving up for the entire summer is now pretty cheap and it makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. A few years later at a Sci-Fi convention in Stockholm, I got my A nightmare on Elm Street box signed by Robert Englund and I was dressed as Sam from Trick R Treat so Englund never even knew what I looked like when we were having a conversation.
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Most horror fans have probably seen the classic zombie films by George A Romero that basically started a new subgenre in the horror genre and here is the story behind the movie that started it all, Night of the Living Dead.
I remember being 12 years old and reading about Night of the Living Dead in the TV-magazine. It would show 6 days (on a wednesday) from when I read it and I was so excited. I had butterflies for the entire week because I felt that I would witness something out of the ordinary. I counted down the days and then finally came the day when I sat down in front of the TV and watched this amazing zombie movie that blew my mind.
It was that day that my love for Romero began and I had to watch Dawn of the dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). I have probably watched Dawn of the dead 30 times because it is my favorite in the series. Night of the Living Dead was also one of the movies that sparked my passion for creating my own horror films.
Here is another post in the category of The Story Behind, which is a very personal category and this time I will go deeper in the circumstances when I first saw John Carpenter’s Halloween.
This movie actually changed my life, no I’m not kidding, it really did. I remember sitting home watching TV on night when I was 6 years old. I think that my mom was downstairs and I was supposed to be asleep, but I wasn’t, I was flipping through channels on the TV instead and suddenly I saw the first scene in Halloween and I could not keep my eyes away.
I was so fascinated with what was happening on the screen that I watched the entire film, on very low volume so that my mom or dad wouldn’t hear and after watching Halloween, I was hooked on the horror genre. This film is one of only 3 or 4 films that have ever truly scared me, manly because of Michael Myers and because of the music. This was the first horror movie I had ever seen (at least from what I remember) and it made such a huge impact on me.
I will try out this new category of choosing a film in my collection and write about what was going on in my life at that particular time and what type of story is behind the film in question. So this will not be a review, but it will get personal. The first film in this category will be Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Saló, 120 days of Sodom.
I remember reading about Saló, 120 days of Sodom for years before watching it. It was the first week in september and I was 16 years old, about to turn 17 in two and half months. I was feeling kinda down, still struggling with my father’s passing 7 years earlier and I remember feeling even more down than usual that week and I needed something special to get me through the week.
That is why I decided to order Saló on dvd and I was so excited when it finally arrived. I watched it 5 times that week, because I had to watch it with my mom, with friends and that movie helped me get me through that rough week in the fall of 2006. I later bought the film on bluray.