Written by J. Weagle
Updated list! Iconic Asses of Horror (Video)
There is something about the sexual tease and violence that goes together like peanut butter and chocolate. I’m not entirely sure what it is that makes them coexist so well, but I do know an iconic ass shot when I see one. It sounds silly, but ass shots have become a staple of the genre and in some cases have gone on to represent an entire franchise (thinking of you, Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
First up one cannot speak of ass on screen without mentioning the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) which for my money is the most recognizable shot of them all. It was so simple, just an easy shot following Teri Mcminn from behind as she unsuspectingly walked towards the house where her boyfriend had just been murdered that managed to help build the tension for the scene.
Over the years it has become clear that Rob Zombie has an obsession with his wife’s ass, and that’s okay because he always manages to jam as much of it as he can in all of his films. In House of a 1000 Corpses it’s the first time we are introduced to Baby Firefly, and what an introduction it is – she struts with her ass-less chap jeans that make her look like some sort of crazed biker chick party girl. I could have just as easily added one of her many ass shots from The Devil’s Rejects, but I believe this ass shot stood the test of time a little better.
The prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, titled The Beginning wasn’t a bad film by any means. It remains one of my favourites of the hit or mostly miss franchise, however the one scene I always think about when someone brings up the topic is Jordan Brewster under the truck. Chainsaw movies have become known for there reputation with female ass shots, and although this one isn’t like the originals it makes its own mark on history with help from low rise jeans that just won’t stay up.
A direct tip of its hat to the original Chainsaw Massacre comes in the form of Cerina Vincent’s ass in Eli Roth’s debut film Cabin Fever. Like the original shot it pays homage to this one serves more of a purpose in that it helps build suspense for the scene. Roth has gone on to say that there are many references to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in his film (as well as other film references) but for me this one remains the most effective.
Like I said, it is amazing how a simple shot of an ass walking can become such a staple for your franchise as once again The Texas Chainsaw Massacre makes the list. Though the original 1974 version is a better film, the remake does topple it when it comes to the iconic scene as it’s tough to compare to Jessica Biel. Let’s face it, a lot of fans (me included) would have been extremely disappointed had the filmmakers decided not to put the famous shot in the remake. It almost becomes as important to the movie as having Leatherface, or the chainsaw.