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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre -- Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

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Director:
Writers:
Kim Henkel (story) and
Tobe Hooper (story)
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Release Date:
4 October 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The idyllic summer's day that became a nightmare of fear and blood... [UK Video] See more »
Plot:
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(588 articles)
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User Reviews:
The single best and scariest horror film EVER!!! See more (818 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
 
Writing credits
Kim Henkel (story & screenplay) and
Tobe Hooper (story & screenplay)

Produced by
Kim Henkel .... associate producer
Tobe Hooper .... producer
Jay Parsley .... executive producer
Richard Saenz .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Wayne Bell (music score)
Tobe Hooper (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl 
 
Film Editing by
J. Larry Carroll  (as Larry Carroll)
Sallye Richardson 
 
Art Direction by
Robert A. Burns 
 
Makeup Department
W.E. Barnes .... makeup: grandfather's (as W. E. Barnes)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist (as Dorothy Pearl)
 
Production Management
Ronald M. Bozman .... production manager (as Ronald Bozman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sallye Richardson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wayne Bell .... boom man
Wayne Bell .... post-production sound
Jay M. Harding .... dubbing mixer (as Jay Harding)
Paul Harrison .... rerecording
Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Ted Nicolaou .... location sound recording
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Michael J. White .... sound re-recording mixer: home video version (uncredited)
Patrick Yacono .... sound re-recording mixer (restorated version) (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Dean W. Miller .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mary Church .... stunts
Perry Lorenz .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobe Hooper .... additional photography
Lynn Lockwood .... lighting (as Lynn Lochwood)
J. Michael McClary .... camera assistant
Lou Perryman .... assistant cameraman
Rod Ponton .... grip
Lynn Scherwitz .... key grip (as Linn Scherwitz)
 
Other crew
George Baetz .... production assistant
Jerry Bellnoski .... production assistant
Mary Church .... script girl
Jim Crow .... production assistant
Paula Eaton .... production assistant
Tom Foote .... production assistant
Paulette Gochnour .... production assistant
Charlie Loving .... production assistant
Sally Nicolau .... production assistant
N.C. Parsley .... production assistant (as N. C. Parsley)
Robert Pustejowski .... production assistant (as Robert Pustejovski)
David Spaw .... production assistant
Ray Spaw .... production assistant
Erik Karsen Puhm .... commentary (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Vortex (as a vortex/henkel/hooper production) (as A Vortex/Henkel/Hooper Production of A Film by Tobe Hooper also)
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Runtime:
83 min | Germany:75 min (new longer Version) | 88 min (Unrated Edition)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Australia:RC (1975 - 1984) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Brazil:(Banned) (original rating) | Brazil:18 (1998) | Canada:R | Canada:14A (Alberta) (re-rating) (2014) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2004) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) (1974) | Chile:18 (original rating) | Chile:(Banned) (re-rating) (1978) | Denmark:15 (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (1996) | Finland:(Banned) (1984) | France:X (original rating) | France:16 (re-rating) | Germany:18 (re-rating) (2011) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) (original rating) | Iceland:16 (re-rating) | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:B-15 (2014) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2007) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) (2014) (uncut) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (1997) (uncut) | Singapore:(Banned) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1994) (cut) (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | Sweden:(Banned) (1984) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1999) | UK:R (original rating) (1975) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24006) | West Germany:18 (cut) (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) (1985-2011)
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Trivia:
The film's original distributor was Bryanston Distribution Company, in fact a Mafia front operated by Louis Peraino ("Butchie"), who used the movie to launder profits he made from Deep Throat (1972). In return, the production received only enough money to reimburse the investors and pay the cast and crew $405 a piece. The producers eventually discovered that Peraino had lied to them about the film's profits; after Peraino was arrested on obscenity charges when his role in Deep Throat was revealed, the cast and crew filed a suit against him and were awarded $25,000 each. New Line Cinema, which obtained the rights to "Chain Saw" from the bankrupt Bryanston, paid the cast and crew as part of the purchase agreement.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Leatherface chases Sally into the house the first time and she escapes through an upstairs window, he corners her on the stairs and she leaps out a window off the hallway on the second floor. However, when Leatherface appears in the empty window frame after she jumps, he's standing in an attic window with a gable.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Graphic Sexual Horror (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
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140 out of 201 people found the following review useful.
The single best and scariest horror film EVER!!!, 23 June 2003
Author: thelegendarywd (wddieharder@aol.com) from Orlando, FL

A group of teenagers on a road trip... OH BOY!!! HERE WE GO AGAIN... the typical horror movie set up. But wait.... something sets this one apart... IT'S SCARY... to be more precise, IT'S TERRIFYING!!! And I'm not just talking about the horrible 70's clothing and hairstyles. This film is one of the very few films I consider scary. Let me list a few reasons:

1) The gritty documentary feel the film has.

2) The excellent performances by Edwin Neil (the Hitch-Hiker), Jim Seidow (The Old Man), and Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) as the psychos (in a film this low budget and grainy, performances this real feel all the more scary) and Marilyn Burns (Sally) and Paul A. Partain (Franklin) as the victims (we truly believe and feel their fear).

3)The atmosphere (the skeleton bone art... the freaky metal door in the farmhouse... Leatherface's mask and demeanor... even the way the sun sets in this film is spooky along with the sound of the farmhouse generator).

4)Relentless Horror (Leatherface RUNS not speedwalks after his victims with a live chainsaw... there's no time to trip and fall or your booty is chainsaw bait)

5)The ability the film has to scare you with almost a complete lack of gore (the only "gory" scene is when Leatherface accidently cuts his thigh with the chainsaw). The scares lie within the performances and atmosphere and pacing.

In closing... this is truly the greatest horror film (and one of the greatest films period) ever made. 15 out of 10!!!

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