Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Director: Tobe Hooper

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Tobe Hooper's influential cult classic continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and "career" of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, which began with Alfred Hitchcock's own influential cult classic Psycho. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair…  See more details below


Tobe Hooper's influential cult classic continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and "career" of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, which began with Alfred Hitchcock's own influential cult classic Psycho. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and several other friends together to see if grandpa's remains are still in one piece. While in the area, Sally and her friends decide to visit grandfather's old farmhouse. Unfortunately, a family of homicidal slaughterhouse workers who take their job home with them have taken over the house next door. Included amongst the brood is Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), a chainsaw-wielding human horror show who wears a face mask made out of human skin. Sally's friends are rapidly exterminated one-by-one by the next-door neighbors, leaving only Sally left to fight off Leatherface and his clan.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The granddaddy of "splatter" movies, this 1974 shocker transcended its low-budget, drive-in origins to become a milestone in horror-movie history. Even today, 30 years later, Texas Chainsaw Massacre retains the visceral force that gripped Watergate-era moviegoers and left them quaking in their seats. While not the first film directed by Tobe Hooper, it was far and away his best up to that time; he followed it with such worthwhile genre entries as Eaten Alive, The Funhouse, and Poltergeist (that last with assistance from Steven Spielberg), but even the director's most fervent acolytes agree that Massacre remains his magnum opus. Based loosely on the case of real-life serial killer Ed Gein (which also inspired Psycho and, for that matter, Ed Gein), this gritty chiller pits a group of young revelers against a deranged, rural Texas family practicing cannibalism in their remote, ramshackle home. Hooper's perverse vision suffuses every frame, and his "Leatherface," played by Gunnar Hansen, is the epitome of the American hunter gone insane. Of the other cast members -- all unknowns -- only leading lady Marilyn Burns stands out, but she is unforgettable as the lone survivor of this bloody rampage, brutalized almost beyond belief and propelled only by her will to live. Although Massacre isn't nearly as gory as many of the subsequent films it helped spawn, it has a surfeit of graphic, disturbing images that remain indelibly etched on the American pop-culture psyche: who can forget the suit-and-tie-clad "Leatherface," wearing a mask stitched quilt-like from the skinned flesh of his victims, racing through the house and yard with chainsaw in hand? Macabre and unrelenting, but not without memorable moments of black humor, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre habitually places high on lists of the Top Ten Horror Movies, and once you've seen it you'll know why!
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Fans of today's gore-and-guts shockers may be surprised to learn that this notorious shocker is among the least bloody of modern horror films. But looks can be deceiving. It still packs quite a punch, and may well be the scariest film ever made. Director Tobe Hooper adopts a documentary-like style using static set-pieces, grainy film and a no-nonsense technique. This method was necessitated by budget, of course -- the film was made for next-to-nothing, using drama students from the University of Texas -- but for some odd reason, it works. It's not really a movie. As it unfolds, it comes across as a filmed nightmare, and it gets under the viewer's skin like no horror movie before or since. The scene in which Marilyn Burns is held captive at the cannibal family's dinner-table is almost surrealistic in its relentless depiction of insanity and horror. By the time they wheel down Grandpa (John Dugan), it's nearly unbearable. Suffice it to say that fans of relentless horror should make this film their first priority.

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Performance Credits
Marilyn Burns Sally
Allen Danziger Jerry
Paul A. Partain Franklin
William Vail Kirk
Teri McMinn Pam
Gunnar Hansen Leatherface
Jerry Lorenz Truck Dtiver
William Creamer Bearded Man
John Henry Faulk Storyteller
John Larroquette Narrator
Edwin Neal Hitchhiker
Jim Siedow Old Man
John Dugan Grandfather

Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director,Score Composer,Camera Operator,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Wayne Bell Score Composer
Ronald M. Bozman Production Manager
Robert A. Burns Art Director
Larry Carroll Editor
Kim Henkel Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Pearl Cinematographer
Sallye Richardson Asst. Director,Editor

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really expecting this to be gory, but it barely showed any at all. The only bad parts are when the guy cuts his hand and when the chainsaw falls on Leatherface's leg. Even though most people think Leatherface is the scariest I think the hitchhiker is worse because he loves to commit self mutilation. Any way, if you dont like really gory horror movies you will like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love horror movies and this one is truly a classic, piece of work. The texas chainsaw masacre not only scared millions but to some, it puzzled many if it really is based on a true story. I believe it happened and recommened it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie.I wonder if it really happened?Anyway it is a great work of art and horror.Highly reccomended to any horror fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the day before Halloween my fiance couldn't believe that I that I hadn't ever seen the movie. We ended up renting it and I didn't sleep for 2 days. The dinner seen kept poping into my head. That had to be the freakist movie that I have ever seen. Even though at first you think it's boring the end is definitly worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought that it was craply made did u see when the guys head gets cut off in his car that stuff looked hecka fake but over all it is a good movie i like the story line and how it ended up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rather than opting for gore, Hooper decided to play on our minds with Atmosphere and the power of the psychological. This has lost some impact over the years, but has retained it's ability to freak you out. Namely the scene where Sally wakes up tied to a chair and finds herself a guest at the family's dinner table. ''LOOK WHAT YOUR BROTHER DID TO THE DOOR ! ''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow...I first saw this movie in my math class the day before winter break. At first, I thought that it was sorta ''blech'' until the very first scary part. You should've seen my friend and me..we were screaming sooo loud and even had our binders covering our faces...yes, it was that scary. I tried taking a small peek at the scary partz...it sent goosebumpz throughout my body...geez~ If anyone thought THE RING was scary, then think again..this is a true horror classic...it MUST be seen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stylish, sweat-inducing, claustrophobic, unrelenting suspense horror film is calcualted to keep your stomach in knots from start to finish. Don't watch this if you are any bit unstable in your mental makeup.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay...just to answer all of your thoughts and suspicions about this story...it is based on a true story that took place in Wisconsin! Have a great Halloween!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the best horror films of all time. It is inspired by true life events which makes it even more disturbing. It may be a little out of date for first time viewers, but luckily for them, a newer version is being released in theaters. Hopefully, it will not disappoint, but if it does, then we will always have this origanal classic to watch over and over!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow... all I can say is that movie definitely kicked some @$$. I mean, it was the first time I actually jumped so hard in my seat at all the parts that were meant to scare you. And I seriously thought the Mothman Prophecies or the Ring was the scariest movies of all time; it definitely made me think again! Not only to add the fact that everything on the film has happened in real life.. and the guy is still.. well, I won't give out the ending for all u people who haven't seen the movie yet.. hehehe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was great. Finally a movie that keeps you wondering when the next time you'll be scared. I thought it was freaky when the murderer was killing the girl and he turned around and had (Jesica Biel)boyfriends face attached to him...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that the TCM is an excellent and surprisingly freaky film (even with its extremely low budget) I think that hooper is unbelieveable that someone could make a film in which is based upon truth!!! I felt sick to my stomach and had to close all doors in my room to watch this flick ( Mainly becuase i was worried Leatherface would hack his way into my bedroom, isn't like many of the new 'Horror' flicks such as Halloween, (the victim is running yet the bad guy is walking and catches up to the victim!?!?! Doesnt make any sense. EXCELLENT Movie to get Scared @!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' is the scariest movie since the 'Exorcist.' The mad man with the chainsaw has the combined mentality of a pyschotic serial killer (similar to that of Charlie Manson or Jeffrey Dahmer), and the characteristics of the man in the mask, 'Jason.' This combination is enough to even scare Bin Laden out of hiding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the simplicity of this film probally more than the actuall film itself due mainly in part to the lame acting and b movie cult status it has acheived making TCM a semi over rated horror flick for the ages. As for it being the scariest movie or even slightly frightening well no sorry that crown belongs to The Exorcist. Ive been watching these movies since I was six and nothing really shook me up untill The Exorcist and to this day the horror aspect and film as a whole stands the test of time perfectly. Not so for TCM which isnt bad considering how many times ive seen it and having yet to see the remake out now I can tell you its a dream come true cause ive allways beleived or felt that in the right hands another adaptation or retelling would be pretty neat. Still it can be no worse that Chainsaw 2 which suffered mostly from miscasting same can be said bout The Next Gen one they did as well and I hope this remake does have its own shelf life if you know what I mean.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was great! it was scary, gory and suspensful. i love movies like this! if you haven't seen the new one with Jessica Biel, go and watch it. its not the same as the old first one. leatherface is still in it, and still killing people, but its totally different. but still scary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will give you the ultimate goose bumps and it won't let you sleep for days! Well,.......at least I diden't!
Guest More than 1 year ago
you made a movie about a real live human being. He killed people because they ridiculed him and made fun of him.That is all he knew.I dont think its right that you make a movie about him. You want to scare people and you know what it does. They still have not found him!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is gruesome and horrifying like no other. It left chills running down my back all night. It is a classic like no other. If your a person who loves scary movies then I really recommend this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a pretty iron stomach, but I made the mistake of watching this with snacks in hand..BIG MISTAKE!! It is an awesome movie, but very graphic
Guest More than 1 year ago
the remake of this movie was the best version of this movie i had to hold my dads hand the whole time. it was the best.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the weirdest and alright movie of the horror movies. Leatherface is awesome with his big and scary chainsaw as the mask he seems to wear to cover his face. The remake was okay but should of done better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is very scary than other scary movies.i had to call my 2 best friends to come over and watch it with me!they did a very good job on this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I consider to be one of the best horror movies of all time. Since I saw this film I think it is one of the reason why I don't like the remake. The only thing this movie is missing is gore!