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Sex & Nudity

  • A girl wears a shirt, her shirt is torn off from back her nude back show.
  • form of nipples visible through a girl shirt.
  • One girl wears a tight fitting shirt and shorts.

Violence & Gore

  • Originally Tobe Hooper wanted this movie to receive a PG rating, which it almost received (according to the commentary on the DVD)-so, despite the film's title, there are very few gore effects and most of the kills are off-screen.
  • Nearly all of the violence is off-screen forcing the audience to use their imagination to fill in the gaps. There are still a few scenes that show very little blood (leading to the MPAA R rating instead of the intended PG). It still is quite sadistic and hard to handle.
  • An armadillo is hit by a car, and the dead body is seen. Slightly violent, but hardly any blood.
  • An insane man cuts his own hand and another person's arm with a pocketknife. Little blood.
  • A man kills another man with a chainsaw. Absolutely no blood is seen, as the scene is shot from behind the victim and it's dark. There is no splattered blood or any gore.
  • Two people are hit with a sledgehammer and killed. No blood is shown but his legs are twitching and the camera lingers.
  • A woman is hung on a meat hook from her back. No blood or sound effects and the wound itself isn't shown. Then she is forced to watch as Leatherface butchers her boyfriend with chainsaw (the one killed with the sledgehammer first). Very disturbing.
  • The same girl is later thrown into a freezer, lunges out at her friend, but Leatherface shoves her back in.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 1 hard to hear use of sh*t
  • 1 use each of damn, son of a bitch, and goddamn. 2 uses of bitch.
  • Name calling (nap-haired idiots, bitch hog, hippie, fool, etc.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 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 its reputation would have you believe. In fact, there is almost no blood whatsoever, and most of the violence is obscured. If anything, the film relies more on atmosphere and tension to unsettle the viewers, which it does pretty effectively. 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, but the scene only lasts about 10 minutes.
  • The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is old and grainy, giving it the unique and horrifying feel of realism that it is infamous for. It was originally (and falsely marketed) as a true event, which gives it even more realism.
  • 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 violence is fairly tame considering some PG-13 movies these days, however, children are very likely to be disturbed by scary scenes, and by the general atmosphere and characters in the film.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 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 the most disturbing moment.

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