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Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre As Political Satire

The Watergate scandal was a horror show. What better way to satirize it than with a horror movie? A fascinating minute-by-minute exploration of many uncanny connections between The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Watergate.

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Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre premiered in October 1974, mere weeks after the resignation and pardon of Richard Nixon brought an uncertain end to the most corrupt and criminal presidency in American history. The film had been conceived, written, shot, edited, and produced precisely as Watergate was playing out, and those responsible for Chain Saw unhesitatingly spoke of the horrors of contemporary politics as having directly inspired the ones they created for the film.

Leatherface vs. Tricky Dick presents a fascinating minute-by-minute exploration of the many uncanny connections between The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Watergate, as well as other ways the film comments on contemporary politics via satire and (very) dark humor. Read and discover Chain Saw’s response to the White House horrors, the Saturday Night Massacre, and more, as well as how Leatherface’s masks relate to all those Nixon masks worn throughout “our long national nightmare.”

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Joseph Walsh Author of California Split
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Kudos to Martin Harris for his staggeringly in-depth look at poker’s intriguing history. Poker & Pop Culture holds all the cards and knows where the bodies are buried. So I highly suggest you pull up a comfy chair and deal yourself in for a terrific read! (On the author's book, Poker & Pop Culture)
Anthony HoldenAuthor of Big Deal, William Shakespeare: His Life and Work
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A thorough, well-informed and highly entertaining exploration of the cultural riches bred by poker, explaining why the game remains so quintessentially American while growing ever more universal. (On the author's book, Poker & Pop Culture)
David G. SchwartzAuthor Roll the Bones
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Poker & Pop Culture is a monumentally readable, always engaging look at how poker has appeared in literature, TV, movies, and elsewhere. From John Wayne to William Shatner, Mississippi riverboats to online sites and everywhere in between, Harris covers it all. (On the author's book, Poker & Pop Culture)
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre As Political Satire

Cover of Leatherface vs Tricky Dick

Martin Harris

978-1-909394-81-0 (pbk)
978-1-909394-82-7 (ebk)

9 August 2021


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203mm x 127mm / 248

93 x b/w stills, album covers

Martin Harris

MARTIN HARRIS is an author and teacher who writes about horror film, literature, and popular culture. An English Ph.D., he teaches American Studies at UNC Charlotte where his courses include “Tricky Dick: Richard Nixon, Poker & Politics.”

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