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Film Tue Oct 12 2010

Get Something Extra With Your Texas Chainsaw Massacre

TheTexasChainSawMassacre-poster.jpgOctober is my favorite time of year. Not only is fall in full swing but every theater comes alive with bloody, disgusting horror films. Chicago's film houses are no exception. Facets has been screening some of the horror canon as a part of their Night School midnight series throughout October. If you've never attended a Night School screening definitely try and catch one this month. What makes the Night School screenings so unique is that it screens cult films, everything from horror, animation, to music docs, and follows them up with an in-depth look into the magic behind them. It's like taking a film class in three hours! This week's screening is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and is not to be missed. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was one of the films that started the "family dynamic" we often see in horror films today - the family that eats together, kills and maims together. There have been many sequels and even reboots of this franchise but none of them can even touch what director Tobe Hooper did in the original. He took people's fears and put them in broad daylight, armed with a chainsaw and a mask made out of human flesh. Leading the discussion on the film will be Dominick Mayer, who currently volunteers at Facets and studies cinema at DePaul University.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be screening at the Facets Cinémathèque (1517 W. Fullerton Ave.) on Saturday, October 16 at midnight. Tickets are $5 for general admission or free if you are a Facets member. Advanced tickets can be purchased here.

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