Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A quiet summer drive ends in violent tragedy when
several youths encounter a chainsaw-wielding psychopathic killer and
his demented family. This gruesome, though darkly comic, tale of
terror is purportedly based on a true story (the Ed Gein killings,
that is, which actually occurred in Plainsfield, Wisconsin). John
Larroquette narrates, unaccredited. Three sequels.
The granddaddy of all splatter films. Five
teenagers driving through rural Texas stumble onto an old farmhouse
which turns out to be inhabited by a ghoulish family of mass
murderers. Chainsaws and meat hooks are the tools of these white
trash psycho-killers' trade -- they decorate their home with human
bones, skin and other gruesome relics, supplementing the body count
with corpses from the local graveyard when fresh victims are scarce.
It looks like curtains for certain for the teen travelers trapped
inside this house of horrors -- unless one scantily-clad female can
elude the power tools and survive the night of terror intact.
Theatrical Release: October 1974.
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was director Tobe Hooper's first feature
Estimated budget $350,000.
Featured songs by Roger Bartlett & Friends, Timberline Rose,
Arkey Blue and Los Cyclones.
This low-budget exploitation horror film became a cult hit and
favorite midnight movie. It spawned hundreds of imitators and helped
define the splatter genre by introducing such standard features as
the house of terror where innocent victims meet horrible ends and
the girl in peril who survives the mayhem to become the heroine.
The film was loosely based on the real-life crimes of Ed Gein, which
also inspired Hitchcock's "Psycho."
"My family's always been in meat." --
Hitchhiker (Edwin Neal)
"...CHAINSAW is one of the scariest movies of
"...Tobe Hooper's horror classic remains as
sharp as ever..."
"Few horror films can match the unflinching,
sadistic force of this low-budget 1974 triumph..."
Dolby Surround - English
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. Tobe Hooper - Director, Daniel Pearl
- Director of Photography, and Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface)
Original Theatrical Trailer