The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974

Tobe Hooper
Director
Producer
Screenplay
Bryanston Distributing
Distributor
Vortex
Production Company

A group of young folk go looking up the old homestead. Alas they come across the family that likes nothing better than to chop people up.

Manages to transcend its miniscule budget and remains genuinely disturbing. Has dated somewhat, but still king of the unsettling horror moment when Leatherface makes his screen/scream debut.

Banned for many years in the UK although it did get a special X rating for London only and did show up on the Film Society circuit, where this author saw it in 1983.

-The Sloth

Probably the best horror movie of the period in the late 60s and early 70s when low-budget filmmaking was at its peak. A nasty, harrowing, film, free of gore but full of violence, both visual and aural (indeed, this film has an amazing soundscape, something which often goes neglected in the visual medium). Scooby Doo as seen through the heat haze of a brutally hot Texas summer, four hippies and their dog (in this case, Franklin) being terrorized by men in masks. Only this time, they aren't insurance scammers, but much much worse.

RIP Tobe - Like another recently departed horror director, George Romero, you were ill-served by the Hollywood machine, but you made your mark. This film will be remembered long after the sequels and shitty, empty cash-in remakes are long forgotten.

-Dave W.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1st October 1974
Cinema



83 mins
1.85:1


19th November 1976
Cinema





Texas Chainsaw Massacre
13th October 1998
DVD




1.85:1


14th October 2003
DVD



83 mins



26th September 2006
DVD



84 mins
1.78:1


30th September 2008
Blu-Ray



84 mins
1.78:1


3rd November 2008
DVD



80 mins





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Marilyn Burns
Sally Hardesty
Marilyn Burns
Sally Hardesty
Allen Danziger
Jerry
Allen Danziger
Jerry
Paul A. Partain
Franklin Hardesty
Paul A. Partain
Franklin Hardesty
William Vail
Kirk
William Vail
Kirk
Teri McMinn
Pam
Teri McMinn
Pam
Edwin Neal
Hitchiker
Edwin Neal
Hitchiker
Jim Siedow
Old Man
Jim Siedow
Old Man
Gunnar Hansen
Leatherface
Gunnar Hansen
Leatherface
John Dugan
Grandfather
Robert Courtin
Window Washer
William Creamer
Bearded Man
John Henry Faulk
Storyteller
Jerry Green
Cowboy
Ed Guinn
Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan
Drunk
Perry Lorenz
Pick Up Driver
John Larroquette
Narration
Levie Isaacks
Voice: Radio Announcer
(uncredited)
Lois Fulton Giddens
Man in Cemetery
(uncredited)
Wayne Bell
Voices
(uncredited)
Joe Gracey
Voices
(uncredited)

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes