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The American horror film scene of the 1960s and ‘70s is very much with us decades later, as audiences and artists attempt to understand how these productions so viscerally tapped a fraying zeitgeist.

For instance, Tobe Hooper’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has presumably been ripped off three or four times as I write this piece. A key to those horror movies was go-for-broke savagery. They often served rotgut that cut to the heart of a country’s strife and self-loathing, from the sexual revolution and gas shortages to the Manson murders, the Civil Rights movement, and the resistance against an endless, demoralizing war in Vietnam. It seems as if madness was in the air and Hooper and a host of other adventurous artists tapped it directly.

Watching Mariama Diallo’s “Master” and Mimi Cave’s “Fresh” back-to-back recently, it occurred to me that we are in a new identifiable age of horror film …

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