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Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as Political Satire (Paperback)

Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as Political Satire By Martin Harris Cover Image
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Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick presents a fascinating minute-by-minute exploration of many uncanny connections between The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Watergate. Covering the White House horrors, the Saturday Night Massacre, and more, the book convincingly explains how Chain Saw satirizes the scandal once famously described as "our long national nightmare."

Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre premiered in October 1974, mere weeks after the resignation and pardon of Richard Nixon brought an uncertain end to the most corrupt and criminal presidency in American history. The film had been conceived, written, shot, edited, and produced precisely as Watergate was playing out, and those responsible for Chain Saw unhesitatingly spoke of the horrors of contemporary politics as having directly inspired the ones they created for the film.

Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick presents a fascinating minute-by-minute exploration of the many uncanny connections between The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Watergate, as well as other ways the film comments on contemporary politics via satire and (very) dark humor. Read and discover Chain Saw's response to the White House horrors, the Saturday Night Massacre, and more, as well as how Leatherface's masks relate to all those Nixon masks worn throughout "our long national nightmare."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781909394810
ISBN-10: 1909394815
Publisher: Headpress
Publication Date: October 7th, 2021
Pages: 248
Language: English