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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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Kim Henkel (story) and
Tobe Hooper (story)
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Release Date:
4 October 1974 (USA) See more »
The idyllic summer's day that became a nightmare of fear and blood... [UK Video] See more »
Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A classic simply put See more (815 total) »


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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)
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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83 min | Germany:75 min (new longer Version) | 88 min (Unrated Edition)
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Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:(Banned) (original rating) | 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)

Did You Know?

Gunnar Hansen said that, during filming, he didn't get along very well with Paul A. Partain, who played Franklin. A few years later, Hanson met Partain again and realized that Partain, a method actor, had simply chosen to stay in character even when not filming. The two remained good friends up until Partain's death.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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60 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
A classic simply put, 25 May 2003
Author: MetalCasket

This movie set the stage for the onslaught of classic modern horror of the late 70's and early 80's. Tobe Hooper's vision paints a drab and disturbing picture of a family of cannibals who hunt their victims using any means necessary for survival. Caught up in this whole mess is a group of young people, unaware of what lurks down an old back road of Texas. Hunger is our most probable urge as human beings, and this family takes this idea to the extreme. Each family member is their own character with their own feelings and their own personalities. One such character, Leatherface, stands out for the fact that he was born without a face, thus using human skin to gain an identity. This is what sets him apart from other slashers such as Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees for they hid behind masks. It's safe to say he's not the only insane one in this bunch. Every one of them are one fry short of a happy meal and I am sure they like it that way. Gunnar Hansen did a great job of playing Leatherface, sculpting a faceless killer who slew not for fun but for survival. His perfect killer image was later destroyed by other actors in later sequels. Many people refuse to watch this movie in the first place because of what they've heard and because of the title. Strangely, some even walked out of the theaters on the previews for this thing. That's just how strong this movie actually is. There's really a lot less gore in this movie than most people think. It's Tobe Hooper's great directing that pelts the viewer with suspense. The last 10 minutes of this film are some of the most exciting, terrify shots ever put on film. All because of Leatherface, many people's nightmares will be dominated by the hum of a chainsaw.

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