The director of photography on 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' recalls the late Master of Horror

The terror genre lost two director-giants last year with the passing of Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist) and George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow). On the latest episode of The Core, a horror-centric show on the streaming service Shudder, host and filmmaker Mickey Keating (Darling, Psychos) pays tribute to this pair of ground-breaking auteurs with help from actor Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), special effects supremo Gabriel Bartalos (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), and Daniel Pearl, who was the director of photography on the original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

“For Tobe, it was totally a political allegory,” Pearl tells Keating in a new clip from the show. “For me, it was the story of what would happen if our cars broke down between the cities — we considered the cities of Texas to be the safe islands…We were sure that if our cars broke down then the rednecks would have their way with us, and certainly they’d cut our hair, and do whatever. In my mind, it was sort of taking that fear that we had to the next level. But for Tobe, it was a lot about, you know, the gasoline shortage, the Vietnamese War, and just a lot of the political injustice that was going on in the world.”

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The Core
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