Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Movie Review

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1974 | Horror, Thriller
83 minutes /

User Score: 74/100

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre Review


Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is an American slasher horror movie that was advertised to be based on a true story although it was mostly fictional. The only realistic part of the film is that the character Leatherface and a few details were inspired from serial killer Ed Geins’ murders. The movie released in October of 1974 and was banned soon after in many theaters and countries for its extreme violence content. It made over $30 million and paved the way for future slasher movies. Director and co-writer Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist (1982), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Salem’s Lot (1979)) took a courageous brave step to make this one of a kind movie in 1974. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre mainly follows a group of friends who are on their way to visit an old homestead, but soon is captured by a family of cannibals.

Sally Hardesty ( Marilyn Burns - Helter Skelter (1976), Eaten Alive (1977), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)), her brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain - Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013), Race with the Devil (1975), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)), and three friends went with Sally and Franklin to visit their grandfather’s grave. They want to see if their grandfather’s grave was harmed after hearing the graves are being robbed and vandalized. The group decides to go to the Hardesty homestead after and made a terrible mistake on their way there. They picked up a Hitchhiker (Edwin Neal - JFK (1991), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Future-Kill (1985)) who turns out to be a psycho that attacks them but the group was able to push him out of their vehicle.

Sally, Franklin who is paraplegic and the three friends, Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail) and Pam (Teri McMinn) are about to have an unknown/unforeseen adventurous time. The kiddies went to get gas but was told by keeper/old man (Jim Siedow - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988), The Windsplitter (1971)) that the pumps are empty.

The group decides to go to the house and return later when the gas station receives delivery. Kirk (William Vail - Amish Grace (2010), Too Young to Die? (1990), Buffalo Soldiers (1997)) and Pam (Teri McMinn - Butcher Boys (2012), The Cellar (2009), The Horror Hall of Fame II (1991)) went to a swimming hole that Franklin told them about. The hole was dried up, so they went to a house in the hope of finding gas after they heard a generator noise coming from it. Kirk calls out but receives no answer, so he enters someone house without knowing them in an area that he knows no one - not so smart of him!! He was the first one to be killed by Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen - Mosquito (1995), Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)) who killed him with a mallet. Pam figure Kirk was taking too long and enters the house and discovers that all the furnitures are made of human bones. She tried to escape, but she was too slow for Leatherface. He impaled her on a meathook and made her watch him take apart Kirk with his chainsaw. All the friends are being killed/tortured one by one. Watch the movie to see this exciting adventure. Will anyone survive Leatherface and his accomplice?

I was shocked to see Leatherface at the dinner table with his new set of clothes on. The movie is superb and I recommend all horror fans to watch it as soon as possible if you have not already. You can have a chainsaw marathon one day. The director did a phenomenal job with this classic masterpiece.

About Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974

Title: Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Original Title: Headcheese, Leatherface, Stalking Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
AKA: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Year: 1974
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.65/5 stars from 23 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 23
Starring: John Larroquette, Marilyn Burns, William Vail, Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow, Paul A. Partain, John Dugan, Ed Guinn, Joe Bill Hogan, Perry Lorenz, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Teri McMinn, Robert Courtin, William Creamer, John Henry Faulk, Jerry Green
Writers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper
Director: Tobe Hooper