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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | | Horror | 4 October 1974 (USA)
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Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

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Allen Danziger ...
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William Vail ...
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Jim Siedow ...
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En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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$83,532 (estimated)

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$30,859,000 (USA)
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The van the kids drive in the movie belonged to Ted Nicolaou, who worked as a sound recordist on the film. See more »

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As the teenagers pull up into the gas station, look at the position of the gas pump's hose and its shadow. In the next shot, the gas pump's shadow has vanished and the gas pump's hose is positioned differently. See more »

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Narrator: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to ...
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Opening credits prologue: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare.

The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

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I needed a drink after this one!
21 August 2004 | by (US of A (notably..."Texas")) – See all my reviews

Hooper certainly went for a real bargain when he felt the need to express himself on this one! I was excited to view this one years ago, after hearing much praise. They all could not have been more right, but so underspoken. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING can prepare you for this one. It was made for the real shocks, and delivers em. With the famous gore that enters through out the film, the scares are the most genuine, as they happen slowly at the opening, and then boom at you in the last real. Tobe Hooper has definitely made the ultimate horror classic when this one was made. His opening will always give me the nightmarish feel when that camera sound goes off, exposing the skeleton.

TOTALLY CREEPY! Next, the rural setting, outstanding, with eerie sounds. In the middle of nowhere, and something, or someone is watching! AHHH! This little film about five college kids going through the norm, to an all of a sudden train ride to hell! Once Burns is captured by the "family", the insanity starts and continues to the end!!! The tied-to-the-dead body thing, the grampa-pound-the - head thing! I was going crazy trying to stay sane while the ending was concluding! OUCH! This one calls for a drink afterwards! Seriously! An instant classic! If you don't like it, YOU are the one with the problem!


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