Jack Pierce doing Boris Karloff’s makeup for The Black Cat (1934).
Kendra Spears for Vogue Japan December 2012 in “Fur Regal Reasons”
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an anomaly. It’s the only film I can think of that I’d rather see on VHS than blu-ray — I have it on both — and it’s one of the only ones that can show you absolutely nothing and make you think you’ve witnessed a bloodbath. It’s a fascinating exercise in sleight of hand, where a nearly-non-existent budget is used to maximum effect to create a veritable tour de force of horror out of thin air. It’s atypical in every way, but it works.
One of Chain Saw’s greatest successes, of which there are unquestionably many, is its use of sound. It has no real “score” to speak of, and certainly no licensed pop tunes; the film rests, instead, on a set of bizarre audio stings. They’re almost impossible to describe, but you’ll know them if you’ve heard them. And you can hear some of them here if you haven’t.
That screeching sound, whatever it is, always sends chills down my spine. To me, it’s the most effective bit of scoring in horror history. Better than Carpenter’s Halloween theme, better than Manfredini’s paranoia-inducing Ka! Ka! Ka!, better than the absolutely haunting theme from Suspiria — better, even, than Tubular Bells, horror’s finest musical moment. It beats them all, hands down, because of its uniqueness and, moreover, its effectiveness. There’s something so terrifying, so utterly otherworldly, about the hellish squeals that open Chain Saw and blare, just often enough, throughout its duration, that it feels foolish to give this to any other film.
Burberry Prorsum Primavera/Verano 2013
Semana de la Moda de Londres
Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2013
London Fashion Week
TAZ ARNOLD GUEST EDITS FOR WETHEURBAN
PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH RENARD / STORY: WILLIE GREENE
Urban peacock and trendsetter, Taz Arnold, sat down with WeTheUrban to curate a list of his favorite styling musings as Guest Editor for WeTheUrban Issue 5.
p.s. how sick are those knuckle rings!?
Happy 107th Birthday, Greta Garbo
(September 18, 1905 - April 15, 1990)
“She has this great appeal to the world because she expresses her emotions by thinking them. Garbo does not need gestures and movements to convey happiness, despair, hope and disappointment, joy or tragedy. She registers her feelings literally by radiating her thoughts to you.”