Part 4: 1974
When TCM (shortened for the sake of laziness) was unleashed in 1974 I’m not going to lie and tell you I was standing in line to see it, I was barely standing at all! I’m not that old DAMN IT! Yes, in 1974 when this classic was first released I was working my way toward the terrible 2s so you can forgive me if I missed it. ’74 was a different era for horror and for movies in general. Back then there were no multi-plexs with 20 theaters in one building showing anything and everything you could want to see. No, in ’74 there were mainly independent movie houses and something most of you kids probably wouldn’t even understand today… the Drive In. A film like TCM became a legend playing midnight shows as it trekked across the country over the course of a couple years. That’s right movies stayed in theaters for much longer back then moving city by city letting word of mouth be their main marketing tool.
I honestly don’t remember when I finally saw TCM but I think I was a teenager at the time. I had already seen a ton of horror flicks by the time I saw it so again I won’t lie and say I was overly impressed that first time. However, as my knowledge has increased along with my appreciation of all things horror so has my love of TCM. TCM isn’t a “slasher” flick but elements of it were used to create that genre so you could easily see why some lump it in at times. It wasn’t the first to show a crazy ass insane family (Spiderbaby comes to mind) but it was the first to take it in a gritty “Hey, people like this could actually exist” direction, at least the first one I can think of. It also introduced the first true horror icon baddie in Leatherface. Sure you could say Dracula, Frankenstein or the Wolfman were the first icons, and they were, but Leatherface was the first brutal human killer, that basically killed for the sake of killing, to be the face of horror for well… the last 40 years now.
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LEATHERFACE IS COMIN TO GETCHA!