The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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Growing up, I loved movies so much, I wanted to make them. I was indeed that one kid in the group who carried a video camera around with them wherever our circle of friends went. I filmed everything, made short films, sketches, pranks, interviewed people, the whole shebang. Somewhere along the way, life beat me

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise has a Serious Identity Problem

The first four movies in the franchise are canon, then there’s the 2003 remake, a prequel to the remake, and finally things really go off the rails after this, where we now have three separate movies that pull the whole “none of the sequels exist except for the original movie” timeline trick, which has most

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A Taste of Texas Part 7: The Conclusion is a Love Letter

Highway 299 high up in the Trinity Alps. Nighttime. Nobody on the road. On the side of a mountain looking down into a valley as my girlfriend puked her guts up on the road’s shoulder. All those years of studying Leatherface and his clan led to this moment. All those years of wondering why the

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A Taste of Texas Part 4

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The year was 1986, and it was coming. My first indication of it was not Fangoria, surprisingly enough. I used to devour each issue as it came out, but for some reason the only store near me that carried it was getting shorted its copies or not getting it at all,

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A Taste of Texas Part 3

Note: If you have not read parts one and two of this column, please do so here and here first. Now I had my very own VHS copy of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. My Holy Grail of horror films. It was mine to keep forever. To say I was in Heaven was an understatement. The fact

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A Taste of Texas Part 2

Terror in the Aisles. That was the film which pushed my obsession with Texas Chainsaw Massacre into a full-blown case of fanaticism. Released in 1984, Terror in the Aisles was a horror documentary of sorts. Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen took audiences on a tour of the best parts of horror movies, all while talking

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A Taste of Texas Part 1

When asked about my favorite films, one always comes to mind. I feel it changed American cinema, and it definitely influenced my horror writing. That film is none other than the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (using the more common spelling of the title). It is a movie I can watch multiple times and find something

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Trigger Warning

A question was posed to me: Should there be trigger warnings for horror movies and books? Before I answer, I must state that I have been called out for my lack of trigger warnings on my novel Black Devil Spine. I figured if the book’s description and cover alone did not provide ample warning of

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Return of the Franchise Boogeymen! Part 1

My last post was all about some of the exciting genre films coming down the pipeline in 2017. Today, we’re digging a bit deeper into what is possibly a renaissance of the franchise boogeyman. That’s right, all your favorite psycho-killers are readying their big returns to the big screen (and for some, the small screen).

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Halloween 2016 Countdown: 31 Years of Horror — 2003

31 days. 31 years. 5 movies per year! That’s the challenge a good friend presented me with recently, and I NEVER back down from a challenge! (well, nearly never!) Every day through October I will be pondering and revealing my 5 favorite horror and monster movies from 1985 right up to 2016. When I was