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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:
1 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 See more »
NewsDesk:
(517 articles)
User Reviews:
Indisbutably a classic of cinema, and not just horror cinema See more (792 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
 
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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) | 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:
Alternate titles for the film included "Headcheese", "Leatherface" and "Stalking Leatherface".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When they get to the gas station early in the film, it constantly changes from overcast skies to the sun brightly shining with each different camera angle.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 "Beck: Advokaten (#3.4)" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Feria de las FloresSee more »

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126 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
Indisbutably a classic of cinema, and not just horror cinema, 16 January 2006
Author: tatra-man from London, England

Those who have posted here comparing Tobe Hooper's (one and only) masterpiece with the dreadful remake are presumably young children with no real understanding of cinema. The 1974 film is the antithesis of the slick, MTV-influenced, cynical cash-in mentality that informed the later remake. The fact that the remake's target teen audience (well, at least some of them) appeared to lap it up is just a sad reflection of how far standards have fallen since the heyday of the horror film in the 70's.

But Hooper's CHAINSAW is more than just a classic horror film. With its print in the permanent collection at the NY Museum of Modern Art, it truly is a classic of cinema. I've shown this to Bergman fans, Tarkovsky fans and, yes, horror fans too - none of them have been prepared for its power, its inventiveness, its willingness to push the envelope of what cinema can do. And, with its simple story and powerhouse, unstoppable delivery, it is as open to interpretation as any piece of "modern art" - whether it be from the "vegetarian treatise" angle, or the post-Vietnam traumatised America school of thought. But, as I was on my first (of several) viewings, those I have introduced to this movie have been bowled over by the quality of the film-making, and the filmic techniques (soundtrack, editing, startling images) used by Hooper to capture his "waking nightmare" on screen. It is something I really don't think any other film has quite achieved, though many have tried.

Now, of course, there is a fluke element at work here. Hooper never came close to achieving anything like this again, and many, though not all, of the film's fascinating resonances are a product of the era and the filmmaker's unconscious sensibilities. What he obviously had as a director was the kind of daring to take the visceral power that cinema can deliver so well to the limit, to the the edge of acceptability, skirting on exploitation. That the film is so unrelentingly dark and so unbelievably sadistic in its second half, and yet fascinates even as it traumatises, is a definite testimony to the skill of its director. What could have been sleaze is instead a horrible nightmare experience, sure enough, but one that borders on the transcendental. Should be seen by ALL students of cinema at least once in their lifetime.

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