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The feature film directorial debut from Tobe Hooper. 

Based loosely on the crimes of Ed Gein.

First film of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.

Tobe Hooper was trying to get a PG rating but was given an R instead.

This sensational, extremely influential, 1974 low-budget horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist,Lifeforce,Salem's Lot), may be notorious for its title, but it's also a damn fine piece of moviemaking. And it's blood-curdling scary, too. Loosely based on the true crimes of Ed Gein (also a partial inspiration forPsycho), the original Jeffrey Dahmer,Texas Chainsaw Massacrefollows a group of teenagers who pick up a hitchhiker and wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented cannibalistic family, including a character known as Leatherface who maniacally wields one helluva chainsaw. The movie's powerful sense of dread is heightened by its grainy, semi-documentary style--but it also has a wicked sense of humor (and not that camp, self-referential variety that became so tiresome in subsequent horror films of the '70s, '80s, and '90s). OK, in case you couldn't tell, it's "not for everyone." But as a landmark in the development of the horror/slasher genre, it ranks withPsycho,Halloween, andA Nightmare on Elm Street.--Jim Emerson
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CastMarilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Gunnar Hansen, John Larroquette, Jerry Lorenz, Edwin Neal, John Dugan, John Henry Faulk, William Creamer, Jim Siedow
DirectorTobe Hooper
Genre:  Horror
Release Date:  October 1, 1974
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterTobe Hooper, Kim Henkel
Runtime:  84 minutes
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review by . June 26, 2011
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**** out of ****     It takes a true genius to take something as twisted as the concepts and characters dealt with in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and make them satirical material. So not only is one of the scariest horror films of all time still scary, but it's also funny. This is one of the only times where you can say such a thing, but heck, that's why the film deserves to be remembered.    I believe that Tobe Hooper did something pretty impressive when …
review by . June 18, 2011
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Fans of this cult favorite can relax - no, they didn't gloss up the film stock with digital sheen to make it look as though it were filmed yesterday. To be certain, TCM was cleaned up: the colors are brighter and more vibrant, and the film's nocturnal sequences aren't quite as murky as they were in the VHS edition. But this minor buffing hasn't betrayed the film's gritty, low-budget, high-grain 16mm (as transferred to 35mm stock) aesthetic. The '70s zeitgeist isn't even …
Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
this movie scared me to death and still does. the effects for the time are good. its one of those movies that you watch and your thinking about for a week.
review by . May 05, 2009
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By now, everyone who has a remote interest in horror films has seen atleast one of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films & knows of it's great importance in the horror genre. While the film may be tame by today's standards, there is no denying the dramatic effect it had on viewers upon the initial release. Along with Night of the Living Dead & ofcourse Hitchcock's Psycho, TCM may very well be one the most influential films to ever grace the silver scream & rightfully has secured it's place …
review by . May 04, 2009
A seventies horror film classic!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most horrifying films of all times. Not only did this movie spawn three sequels but it was recently remade (badly might I add) by a big Hollywood company. It also was responsible for many knock-offs and cut rate rip-offs. Despite the fact that there's really no graphic set pieces or expensive special effects, the film is creepy and scary as hell and it's some what based upon a true story.      A group of grave robbers are raiding …
review by . December 04, 2003
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THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was the first modern horror film (well, besides PSYCHO). EVIL DEAD and HALLOWEEN both came later (but all three films formed the foundation for the modern horror film). Tobe Hooper's low budget picture sets itself to be a picture "based on a true story" (twenty years before THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT), though there never really was a Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There really was an Ed Gein who killed people and chopped them up and made clothes from skin and he serves as the …
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