Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Director: Tobe Hooper

Cast: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

     
 

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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 wheelchairSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0030306629292
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Dark Sky Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

New high definition transfer from the 16mm camera originals; New 5.1 English and 2.0 Stereo Surround soundtracks; Digitally remastered original mono soundtrack; Feature-length commentary with actors Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danziger, and art director Robert A. Burns; Feature-length commentary with director Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl and actor Gunnar Hansen; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Radio spots; "Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth" documentary; "Flesh Wounds" documentary; A Tour of the TCSM House With Gunnar Hansen; Deleted scenes and outtakes; Blooper reel; Outtakes from "The Shocking Truth"; Still gallery

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Cast & Crew

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - Feature
1. Opening [3:30]
2. Road Trip [6:58]
3. The Hitchhiker [8:12]
4. Pit Stop [5:21]
5. Grandaddy Franklin's House [6:16]
6. Anybody Home? [9:56]
7. Finding Kirk & Pam [6:41]
8. The Chase [10:59]
9. Gas Station [6:00]
10. Bound & Gagged [7:16]
11. Stay for Dinner [7:24]
12. Escape [3:10]
13. End Credits [1:29]

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