The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1974, Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1hr 23min, R18 Violence
This groundbreaking horror film brought in the concept of the young heroine who saves herself, outwitting the evil inbred cannibals, who were, in my youthful vision, hilarious. What makes this film just a thing of beauty is the set-up of the utterly creepy family, the camera work intensifying the horror as comatose Grandpa is given the hammer to bash in the heroine’s skull. The perfect horror film, combining terror, humor, great visuals, and a female heroine.
2014, Dir. Jon Watts, 1hr 40min, R16 Horror, graphic violence and offensive language
Putting on a clown costume and makeup unleashes an evil curse on a doting father. With a disturbing cameo from horror director Eli Roth. Not for coulrophobes.
Part of the Cindy Sherman Film Programme
Sundays 15 January – 19 March 2017
This programme includes six films selected by Cindy Sherman that have informed her practice and seven selected by Curator Aaron Lister that are almost impossible to watch without thinking about her work. Both have provided descriptions to accompany their selections.
Scary movies. Strange characters. Fierce women. Odd behavior. Obscured stories. Innovative filmmaking. I think these are the characteristics that tie together all the films that are my favorites, all the films that inspire me. They inspire me to create characters, tell stories without words, playing attraction off repulsion, letting the viewer discover the story (or making it hard for them).
Cindy Sherman selected these films for the screening programme that accompanied her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In association with Cindy Sherman.