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Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974) Movie Information

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883

Avg. Rating:

2.85/4

# of Ratings:

348

Genres:

Horror

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/18/1974

Director:

Tobe Hooper

Actors:

Marilyn Burns
Allen Danziger
Paul A. Partain
William Vail
Teri McMinn
Jim Siedow

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A group of five friends travel through rural Texas when they pick up a strange hitchhiker. Things go from bad to worse when they end up at an old farm house that is home to a cannibalistic family.

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Matthew Brady 08/18/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

A gritty horror flick with so strong gore.

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smokiediebear 08/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

The movie that made a town come to life or death rather. Lower budget but instant classic. A must for horror lovers, this is a older movie so the young may find it boring, and if so the remakes will be better for you.

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Alaine 12/13/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

The original. What can be done with a limited budget and a talented filmmaker. Not a gorefest, but plenty unsettling..

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  Daniel Corleone
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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...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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  Yojimbo
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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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2/4 

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  Mr. E Horror
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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 Hooperís only (arguably) great contribution to the genre hasnít 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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4/4 

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