• The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Release Date: October 1st, 1974

R |1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

Cast: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow

Director: Tobe Hooper

Genres: Horror , Thriller

Production Co: Vortex

Distributors: New Line Cinema, Pioneer Entertainment

Keywords: Murder , Escape , Gritty , 1970s , Sister , Pursuit , Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    TV Guide Magazine

    An intelligent, absorbing, and deeply disturbing horror film that is nearly bloodless in its depiction of violence. Using the age-old technique of suggestion, combined with a gritty, well-executed (no pun intended) visual style, the film seems much bloodier than it actually is. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    A black-humored, unflinching look at the Ugly American at his psychotic worst. And Tobe Hooper is at his best as a writer and director here. show more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    Hooper's vision is horrid yet engrossing... But the worst part about this vision is that despite its sensational aspects, it never seems too far from what could be the truth. show more

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