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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
The idyllic summer's day that became a nightmare of fear and blood... [UK Video] See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Best Horror Film See more (803 total) »

Cast

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

Produced by
Kim Henkel .... associate producer
Tobe Hooper .... producer
Jay Parsley .... executive producer
Richard Saenz .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Wayne Bell 
Tobe Hooper 
 
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 artist: grandfather
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 operator
Wayne Bell .... post-production sound
Jay M. Harding .... dubbing mixer (as Jay Harding)
Paul Harrison .... sound re-recordist
Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Ted Nicolaou .... location sound recordist
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
 
Stunts
Mary Church .... stunts
Perry Lorenz .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobe Hooper .... additional photographer
Lynn Lockwood .... lighting (as Lynn Lochwood)
J. Michael McClary .... camera assistant (as J. Michael Mcclary)
Lou Perryman .... assistant camera
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
Robert Pustejowski .... production assistant (as Robert Pustejovski)
David Spaw .... production assistant
Ray Spaw .... production assistant
Erik Karsen Puhm .... commentary (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Devil of Punishment" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
83 min | Germany:75 min (new longer Version) | 88 min (Unrated Edition)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:(Banned) (original rating) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Brazil:(Banned) (original rating) | Brazil:18 (1998) | Canada:R | Canada:14A (Alberta) (Reclassified 2014) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating: 1974) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2004) | 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:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:R (original rating: 1975) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1999) | USA:R (Approved No. 24009) | West Germany:18 (cut) | West Germany:(Banned) (1985-2011)
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Trivia:
The human skeleton in the house at the end of the movie was a real human skeleton. They used a real one because a human skeleton from India is far cheaper then a fake plastic skeleton.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the scene when the Hitchhiker has been thrown out of the van and proceeds to chase after, and smear blood on the side of the van, at one point the camera cuts to the inside of the van to show the hitchhiker blowing raspberries through the window at the teenagers. During these perspectives, a clapper board (and possible crew member wearing a red t-shirt) can be seen reflected in the window. Considering that nobody in the scene is wearing a red t-shirt, it cannot be any of the cast.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 Identical Dead Sisters (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
WacoSee more »

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65 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
The Best Horror Film, 28 October 2003
Author: jesusatan2001 from New York City

The (original) Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is without a doubt in my mind, the most impressive horror film to date. No other horror film stays with you in the same way. You feel not only fearful for the characters, but at times feel afraid for your own safety. The natural lighting and loose, improvised acting style creates a strong sense of reality that no other horror film can possibly achieve. Under a thin layer of dated aesthetics (1973 style of dress) lies the most dangerous, horrifying and psychotic world ever committed to script or screen. As the first of its kind, this movie set the mold for the modern horror film, though none were ever to realize any comparable distinction. It gave birth to the "slasher" genre (for better or for worse) . It is also one of few timeless films that has managed to combine horror and avant-garde styles, successfully. Unlike its remake, this one is more of an exercise in minimalism and simplicity (think even Dogme). The expert subtlety of the filmmakers; Tobe Hooper (writer/director), Kim Henkel (co-writer) and Daniel Pearl (cinematographer) results more in

psychological terror than in gore. The air-tight script, jarring realism and attention to detail are unparalleled in practically any film, horror or otherwise. And last, but by far not the least Marylin Burns PHENOMENAL performance is the only in cinematic history (a close second by that of Shelly Duvall in The Shining) that evokes such a nature of desperate and primal fear. You truly believe in every single one of her screams that her life is hanging by a single, thin thread.

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