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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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Writers:
Kim Henkel (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
June 2014 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
All the remakes and imitators are just swimming in its wake... See more (852 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Kim Henkel (story by)

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 .... 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
Sally Nicolaou Hamilton .... production assistant (as Sally Nicolau)
Charlie Loving .... 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)
 
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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:R (re-rating) (1984) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1975-1984) | Belgium:KNT/ENA (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:(Banned) (original rating) | France:16 (re-rating) (1982) | 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:R16 (re-rating) (2007) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (1984) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) (1977) | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) (2014) (uncut) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (1997) (uncut) | Russia:16+ | 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:Rejected (original rating) (1975-1999) | USA:R | USA:Not Rated | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24006) | West Germany:18 (cut) (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) (1985-2011)
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Trivia:
Edwin Neal, who played the Hitchhiker, said that making the film was more miserable than his service in Vietnam and said that he might kill director Tobe Hooper if he ever saw him again.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sally jumps out of the window for the second time, there are clearly visible glass shards all around her. When camera changes to another angle the glass shards disappear, never to be seen again.See more »
Quotes:
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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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170 out of 206 people found the following review useful.
All the remakes and imitators are just swimming in its wake..., 10 November 2003

With the recent box-office success achieved by the latest remake of 1974's `The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' it's worth looking back at Tobe Hooper's original horror classic.

The movie tells a fairly simple tale at heart. A group of five teenagers driving through rural Texas happen upon a deranged, cannibalistic family. Psychological terror and chainsaws ensue.

Yet despite this simplicity, what is it about `The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' that continues to succeed so with its audience? Outside of one memorial scene involving a meet hook; the movie is not particularly gory by today's standards. The film's characters and actual scares are not that remarkable.

The power of `The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' lies in its atmosphere and in what H.P. Lovecraft called `the oldest and strongest kind of fear': the fear of the unknown. The later of these two staples of great horror is often cast aside in modern horror movies-especially in those churned out by the great Hollywood engine. Instead, every mystery must be explained away, every mask ultimately pulled from a monster's face, and not a moment of exposition is spared. It is interesting to note that the filmmakers behind the latest `Chainsaw' film chose to implement all three of these stylistic vices in their remake.

In the original, the feeling of dread and mounting paranoia creeps over the viewer in slow but steady waves. The first scene in the film depicts a desecrated grave with a voiceover of radio newscast, immediately followed by an opening credits sequence set against a backdrop of roaring solar flares. This, along with some idle astrological chatter on the part of one of the teenagers early on, leads to a feeling of cosmic disarray in the lonely Texas hills they traverse.

Questions about the villain's mask or the field of cars under camouflage netting are left for the viewer to answer on his or her own. At worst, in the loss of any acceptable answer, they are forced to ponder that terrible and limitless gulf of the imagination: the unknown.

In it's later stages, the film becomes a cacophonous world of throat-peeling screaming, blood-shot eyes, laughter, and grinding machinery. One is forced to recall the solar flares in the film's opening credits. In the climax of famous dinner scene, there is a feeling of cosmic forces pressing in on reality and warping it into some crude mockery of order, as if the world were but a TV or radio signal distorted into madness by flares on the surface of the sun.

In the 29 years since `The Texas chainsaw Massacre' hit theaters, there have been countless imitators and four additional films in the franchise, three of them remakes. Yet as loved and influential as the original classic has been, many who would seek to emulate its vision seem to overlook its true strengths.

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