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Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974) Movie Reviews

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05/03/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre review

A gruesome film inspired by the crimes of real-life murderer Ed Gein. Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), travel with three friends, Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail), and Pam (Teri McMinn) visit Sally's grandfather's grave. The editing could have been improved and appropriate character background would have been nice. The sound, settings, props and acting were solid to make it horrific. Surprisingly, some of the dialogue was provocative for its genre, "There are somethings you gotta do. It don't mean you gotta like it." - the proprietor/cook (Jim Siedow) "Everything means something, I guess." - Sally. Overall, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre falls short if done today since it's light plot doesn't entertain much except for th...

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01/16/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" by Yojimbo

A group of friends on a road trip unwitting stumble into the lair of a chainsaw wielding psychopath. Celebrated as one of the all-time horror greats, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is more an exercise in the macabre than outright gore. In fact, there is very little in the way of blood and guts and the murders happen swiftly and without gruesome detail. The reason that this film is so unsettling is the way that Leatherface is so matter of fact about it all; despite the fact that his victims are pretty girls, he has no interest in molesting them in any way. They are just meat, pure and simple. He basically treats human life with no more respect or reverence than any other animals and the constant references to slaughterhouses and the furniture and trophies fashioned from bones of all kinds, animal...

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11/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Turns 35

It has been thirty-five years since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre left its indelible mark on the horror oeuvre. Tobe Hooper’s only (arguably) great contribution to the genre hasn’t lost any of its potency. The overt sadism in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is enough to make Eli Roth blush. Sequels have come and gone, and a remake was made, but no one has been able to match the formula of gore, thrill, and sheer terror of the original. A groundbreaking film in many aspects, the purity of its violence has paved the way for films like Hostel, Saw, and any of the recent films with overt or gratuitous violence and gore. The Mockumentary aspect of the film has laid the groundwork for The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and innumerable lesser films. Keep in mind that some people actually be...

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12/08/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Must be Admired for Its Craft, Not Intensity

The attention to detail this film had impressed me because one doesn’t encounter that often in horror pictures. I can understand why this became a classic because it’s comedic and horrific, sometimes at the same time, and it’s inspired enough to dabble with the macabre. With its brisk pace of slightly under an hour and twenty-five minutes, the moment Leatherface appeared, the film refuses to let go of its audience. There were several highlights in this film and one of them I had mentioned already (Leatherface’s first appearance–the way he shut that door plays over and over in my head): the lead character’s (Marilyn Burns) chase from the woods to the house, Teri McMinn’s fall in the kitchen while the camera looms about and all we hear is the chicken, and the dinner scene when the grandfath...

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01/08/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Below average horror flick

I have never felt so relieved when I saw the credits rolled. Finally the nightmare was over. I can't believe watching this movie would cause me a serious headache. I guess that would happen to someone who hears a nonstop ten-minute scream marathon. Where do I begin (sigh), the movie started slow I mean really slow. If I counted it right, it’s about fifty minutes in when things got a little interesting. So you could say it took that long for me to get interested, because fifty minutes is a freaking long time. But then it hit me, because I knew what I was going into upon deciding to see a movie thirty five years old already. So my overall assessment is that modern audiences such as myself could really find this classic unfit for this age in time. A few decades ago it would have been a scare...

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