Wednesday: "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"

Sept. 6

After the deaths of George A. Romero earlier this summer and Tobe Hooper at the end of August (and Wes Craven back in 2015), it feels as if the horror greats are dipping out just as the world, run by apparent sociopaths, begins to reflect the fear and insanity of their films. For many, the Trump era instills the panic and absurdity of being chased by a madman wearing a mask made of human flesh and waving around a buzzing chain saw. And yet I find a certain comfort in slashers like Hooper's "Massacre"—perhaps because the horror is more tangible, isolated, and, you know, fictional, despite the film's fabricated claim to have been inspired by "true" events in rural Texas. Catch The Senator's one-night-only screening of Hooper's cult hit, tune out to meat hooks and cannibalism, and toast to another dearly departed horror director. 9:30 p.m., The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424,, $10. (Maura Callahan)

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