The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974

Action / Horror / Thriller

148
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 110690

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John Larroquette as Narrator
Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface
Marilyn Burns as Sally
Edwin Neal as Hitchhiker
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Reviewed by thelastblogontheleft 9 / 10

A Classic for a Reason

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre — somehow only Tobe Hooper's second feature film ever — is as notorious as it is brilliant. It has been highly influential on a number of other filmmakers — Wes Craven counts it as one of his five favorite movies, Ridley Scott called it one of "only a few really, really great movies", Rob Zombie has sung its praises many times. There's really no other way to say it — it's legendary, and for good reason.

It's just one of those movies that could never be truly duplicated — it's a stunning combination of the talent and inspiration of Hooper, the setting, the 1970s aesthetic and film quality, and, in many ways, the circumstances, more bad than good. The iconic dinner table scene, for example, was shot in a marathon 26-hour session, which led to the actors truly — physically and mentally — being on the verge of breaking down.

The plot is surprisingly simple. Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) is traveling with her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and three friends, Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail), and Pam (Teri McMinn), to visit the gravesite of her grandfather to make sure it hasn't been defaced in a recent spate of grave robbings.

SPOILERS!

It's as politically and socially relevant now as it was in the 70s. Hooper talks about being influenced by how he felt about the world around him -- it was made in the wake of the Vietnam War, amid the investigation surrounding the Kent State shooting, at the height of the Watergate scandal. The opening text claiming that it was based on a true story (it wasn't) wasn't just done as a marketing ploy — Hooper thought of it as a response to "being lied to by the government".

The raw, gritty style of the film really makes you believe at times that you're watching IS real. It's visceral. It's unpolished in the best way. You can feel the searing heat, the sharp twigs scratching your face as you run, gasping, through the woods, the chicken feathers brushing against your skin as you lay, horrified and confused, in a room full of animal flesh and dry bones.

Leatherface is absolutely terrifying, if for no better reason than he is not some kind of supernatural beast — he's a man. He's strong and powerful and capable of chasing you endlessly while squealing like a stuck pig and wielding a heavy power tool… but he's human.

It's filthy and gruesome but, surprisingly, there's a shocking lack of gore. The real fear comes from what is implied, and from the relentless mental torture. This was done intentionally by Hooper, and not for the reasons you might think — he kept the amount of blood down in hopes of getting a PG rating so it could reach a wider audience. But it's one of the reasons this movie stands out so much in my mind — it scares the hell out of you on a much deeper, much less knee-jerk level.

On top of that, it has some incredibly well thought out and downright beautiful shots. The colors and contrast are vibrant. The cinematography is powerful. The shot of the open gas station door while Sally waits; Leatherface dancing, almost childlike, in the golden light of the setting sun after Sally escapes; the camera panning low while the house, stark against a stunning blue sky, looms over Pam; Leatherface's first kill, punctuated by the slamming of the sliding metal door; the van initially pulling up to the derelict homestead; even the closeup shots of Sally's bloodshot eyes as she desperately scans the room during the infamous dinner scene, unable to believe what she's seeing. All fantastic.

Speaking of the dinner scene, the whole thing is just unreal. Again, there's no need for blood or gore — the psychological torment is palpable, both between the brothers' own family drama and their utter disregard for Sally's life (not to mention Grandpa, for which there is no explanation whatsoever). I can't think of another actress who has so convincingly and chillingly screamed in terror, and you get the sense that every single person at that table is going insane, both in the film and in real life. It is madness.

Oh, and a special shoutout for the music, which manages to be disturbing in a way that gets under your skin thanks to an almost industrial sounding, discordant array of clanging and chiming. It's perfect.

Reviewed by poltonis 1 / 10

Awful version

Don't waste even 10 minutes into the film (this version) No suspense build up - just a little bit of gore. Even the sound effects are decrepit. The 2003 version is so much better. The only good actress was the last surviving girl ... she spent the last part just screaming ... must have been very hoarse by the film's end.

Reviewed by Julian R. White 6 / 10

The father of slasher films~

I don't know why, but as a kid, I was obsessed with this movie. It could be because I had an interest in the history and the criminal psychology of serial killers. Many people have claimed that this film is based off of the crimes of the infamous Edward Gein, but in my opinion, it's much more horrific. The best part of the film is that the family of cannibals have been secluded, and exposed to death for so long, they have literally NO sense of remorse. They treat their victims as if they were cattle. The worst scene of course, when the family forces Sally to eat her brothers remains. (This has been widely disputed as to if it actually happened in the film, but I saw what they were talking about). I definitely recommend the film, but I do want to offer a fair warning, this film isn't quite like any other horror film of it's time, so be ready to see things you might not want to see.

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