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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 »
User Reviews:
THE masterclass in low-budget horror See more (791 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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:
The van the kids drive was owned by location sound recordist Ted Nicolaou.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the man at the gas station washes the teenagers van, the floor around the front of the van is totally wet after he finishes. But as the teenagers pull away the area around the front of the van is now dry.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 Pieces (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Glad HandSee more »

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156 out of 196 people found the following review useful.
THE masterclass in low-budget horror, 22 December 2004
Author: Rathko from Los Angeles

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre can, and will, be reinterpreted by critics and theorists for decades to come. It was shot in the summer of 1973, during the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the Munich Olympics massacre, at the height of the Watergate scandal and the legal investigation into the shootings at Kent State. It was an era of plane hijackings, government oppression and dishonesty, racial conflict, terrorism and revolution. As a mirror of a dark period in American history, Chain Saw remains one of the best evocations yet of the era, as a group of young individuals, returning to the nostalgic home of their childhood, stumble into the raw and irrational cruelty of the modern world.

The movie has a weak, though functional storyline, one that has since became the staple for slasher movies; a group of teenagers get lost, stumble across evil and get stalked and killed. But Chain Saw isn't about storyline and plot; it's about creating an experience, a sensory overload. The cast and crew work tirelessly to create scenes and images that are raw and powerful and ultimately, against all expectations, beautiful. Leatherface's travesty of motherly domesticity as he prepares dinner, his child-like dance in the dawn light, the open door at the gas station, the van making it's slow turn off the road towards the derelict and ivy clad Hardesty residence are all images that burn themselves into your consciousness after just a single viewing.

The cinematography is exceptional. Watching the Special Edition, you'd never know that this was shot on 16mm in poor light. The picture quality is outstanding, the colors rich and vibrant, the blacks inky and menacing. The brilliant azure skies, the jade green of the grass, the bright red generator, the searing sunlight and stifling shadows. Every frame seems saturated in nicotine gold. Beautiful.

Though not always likable, the actors are always believable. Performances are universally startling, but special mention has to go to Marilyn Burns. Though she has little more to work with than the clichéd screaming heroine, she works it with remarkable conviction. It was a traumatic shoot, and it shows. Few actresses have so effectively conveyed mind-numbing terror.

The soundtrack is exceptional and deserves more recognition. It is a great testimony to the experimentation and risk taking attitude of the era that all melody is destroyed under an industrial ambient soundscape of metallic clangs, scrapes and screams, evoking the atmosphere of the local slaughterhouse and the Family's state of mind. Terrifying.

Despite the complete lack of gore or extreme physical violence, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre continues to horrify and holds up the countless, shot-on-video, slasher clones of subsequent years for the puerile crap that they truly are. Whether by accident or design, this one is a classic.

9 out of 10

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