Freelance film critic
Campy, silly fun, a complete delight. Roger Moore plays a counter-terrorist who hates women but loves cats and booze, and he's having so much fun. The dialogue is very dumb but delivered by world class actors such as Anthony Perkins and James Mason. One example of many:
Mason: Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get together 25 million pounds in 24 hours? I don't believe you have the remotest idea how banks work!
Perkins: You're entirely wrong, I've researched this thoroughly.
Having no experience at all with horror/gore cinema and even less so with horror franchises, I started watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre without any idea of what to expect at all, except maybe that I'd feel a strong desire to turn it off during the gore scenes. This did happen during the first murder sequence, where the cruelty and suddenness of the killings profoundly disgusted me. The matter-of-fact-ness of the scene however also filled me with a deep sense…