Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Documenting Rural Poverty

A moving near-documentary of rural poverty, says this Amazon reviewer.


This is a poignant plea on behalf of the rural unemployed, downsized by an indifferent capitalist society. It shows what happens to them when they are left to fend for themselves.

The film focuses on an ordinary family forced to carry on the best way they can when the local slaughterhouse is closed and they are thrown out of work.

One son is forced to scrape a desperate living taking photos of tourists and selling them for a few bucks. His overtures are cruelly rebuffed by some privileged youngsters. Turning to sculpture as a means of expressing himself and his frustrations, he is met with opposition from local law enforcement who do not appreciate his efforts.

A little-used gas station is not enough to pay for furniture so the family is forced to make their own, as well as clothing and even lampshades.

The head of the household also has to handle another son, who is often left on his own in the house during the day. Damaging the door makes things even more difficult for the struggling family, who are forced into cannibalism to survive.

In a desperate cry for help they kidnap a young girl, but her privileged middle-class background will not allow her to accept their poor table manners. She selfishly flees without helping despite all the boy's pitiful attempts to communicate his anguish and convince her to stay.

posted by editor ::: June 29, 2002 ::: philms :::