"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

Oct. 29

Here's the thing about horror movies: They're rarely about the horror part, or rather, the horror part is trying to tap into something more serious and grounded. At least that's true with the great ones and Tobe Hooper's hicksploitation shocker is certainly one of the good ones. And what's it about? Mostly, the horrifying obligations that family puts on people and the icky way that fucked-up families perpetuate abuse and cruelty and all the rest (also there's something or other about the Manson Family and the supposed end of the '60s in here, too). Here, of course, we see it by way of a family of cannibals who murder a bunch of kids who intrude on their house in shitsville, Texas. That isn't to say the movie isn't just viscerally horrifying, oh is it ever—it's one of the most intimately scary horror movies of all time. 9 p.m., Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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