The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

  • Part of Sally's shirt has been torn, exposing her back.
  • Sex: None
  • Form of nipples visible through a girl shirt.
  • Pam wears a tight fitting shirt and shorts.

Violence & Gore

  • Another person is hit in the head with a sledgehammer. No blood is shown.
  • All of the violence in this movie is implied and very little is actually seen. Most of It is actually all left to the imagination of the viewer
  • Nearly all of the violence is offscreen forcing the audience to use their imagination to fill in the gaps. There are still a few scenes that show very little blood. It still is quite sadistic.
  • A dead armadillo is seen by the side of the road. Unsettling, but hardly any blood.
  • An insane man cuts his own hand and another person's arm with a pocketknife. Some blood.
  • A man kills another man with a chainsaw. Extremely mild blood is seen, as the scene is shot from behind the victim and it's dark. There is very little splattered blood and the hit is offscreen.
  • A person is killed with a sledgehammer. Some blood is shown on his chest and his legs are twitching continuously.
  • A woman is hung on a meat hook from her back. No blood or sound effects except the woman wincing in pain and the wound itself isn't shown. Then she is forced to watch as Leatherface rips her boyfriend with chainsaw (the one killed with the sledgehammer first). Very intense, but everything is implied. Still, the meathook scene is EXTREMELY hard to watch although not gory at all, it is still cringe-worthy. It may be the hardest scene to watch in this movie
  • The same girl is later thrown into a freezer, lunges out at her friend, but Leatherface shoves her back in.
  • By the end, one of the protagonists is covered in blood.
  • A woman has her thumb cut open slightly so an old man can drink her blood.
  • Leatherface's mask is an actual person's face, dried after having been removed by him.


  • Man says "what the f*"k was she doing there."
  • A surprisingly limited amount of language for an R rated horror film.
  • 1 hard to hear use of sh*t
  • 10 uses of damn, 1 use of son of a bitch, and goddamn. 4 uses of bitch.
  • Name calling (nap-haired idiots, bitch hog, hippie, fool, etc.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Drugs, recreational: None
  • Smoking: None
  • Wine and liquor are shown in the background.
  • In one of the first scenes in the movie, a man appears to be drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Not nearly as violent or gory as it's contemparies at the time such as Last House on the Left or Bay of Blood. The amount of blood is relatively minimal and most of the onscreen violence is obscured. The film relies more on atmosphere and tension to unsettle viewers. The most disturbing part of the film is near the end, in which a character is tormented over the course of what is implied to be several hours and lasts for 10 minutes.
  • In the opening shot of the film, the camera very slowly backs away from a desecrated gravestone. On the gravestone is a rotting corpse that was stolen from one of the graves. Even though the corpse is disgusting, the cinematography can make it seem like a piece of art.
  • Rated R for extreme terror and disturbing moments
  • Considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time. There's very little blood or gore but the fear factor and disturbing tone would be enough to give it an R rating, even for today.
  • The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is old and grainy, giving it the unique and horrifying feel of realism that it is infamous for.
  • Some of the scenes in which the characters are trapped in Leatherface's house are intense and disturbing, the floors are littered with chicken feathers and human bones and Leatherface has furniture made from human bones lining his house as well
  • Overall, the general tone of the film is very dark, and quite disturbing.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Despite the film's title, only one person is killed with a chainsaw but is shown offscreen. Most of the kills are offscreen or obscured.
  • The meathook scene may be disturbing and painful to watch and gross although it is not graphic and no blood is seen, it is still very painful to watch
  • A man is run over by a truck, this is the goriest part of the film but it's shot from a distance.
  • Leatherface's own chainsaw falls and slices his leg. A bit of blood pours out.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a scene where hundreds of daddy long leg spiders are crawling around. This may be unsettling for some viewers.
  • The last 20 minutes of the film is extremely disturbing and intense, as a woman is chased by Leatherface wielding the chainsaw (very long scene), then kidnapped by a family of hillbilly cannibals and is tied to a chair. She screams and cries throughout the scene as the family taunts her and threatens to murder her, albeit quickly. Although she escapes, this is probably one of the most disturbing moment.

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