What four films define you? (No, really)

Sean O’Neal: This week, yet another movie-based personality quiz overtook Twitter—specifically, Film Twitter, that loosely defined consortium of critics, industry types, and eager film buffs united by their love of movies and making others feel bad about the movies they love. The “FilmStruck4” challenge was issued by …

Giving Leatherface a sad backstory is the dumbest direction yet for the Chain Saw series

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One of the great, blood-freezing moments in all of horror is Leatherface’s first appearance in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s so sudden, so unexpected, so nightmarishly casual. Some poor, dumb teen pokes his head into the wrong farmhouse, turns a corner into a doorway, and there he is: hulking,…

This Instagram account salutes cinema’s greatest inanimate objects

A clear plastic bag, a balsa wood sled, a can of Barbasol, and a Poulan 306A chainsaw. Are these the contents of a serial killer’s crawlspace? Possibly. The weirdest trick-or-treat haul ever? Another possibility. But these are also some of the most iconic props in movie history. Jean-Luc Godard famously defined the…

Leatherface takes on the Hills Have Eyes family in our latest gruesome Feud

For our Family Feud feature for Unconventional Families Week, every day The A.V. Club will select two families from a similar category. One of our writers will make the case for each side, and our fearless Editorial Director Josh Modell will make the call on the final victor. Whether you agree with Josh’s decision or…

“Monster Mash” gets an appropriately bloody and violent update for 2014

“The zombies were having fun. The party had just begun. The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula, and his son.” That optimistic sentiment might have been fine in October 1962, when Bobby “Boris” Pickett And The Crypt Keepers hit the top of the Billboard charts with the cheerfully spooky “Monster Mash,” but it doesn’t…

New Leatherface prequel to explore character’s origins, why he likes leather so much

Since Leatherface made his debut in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974, the world’s most unconventional leather fetishist has been the subject of two sequels, two more sequels rebooting the events of the previous sequels, a remake, and a prequel. Now the already-muddy series timeline will become positively opaque…