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Texas Chainsaw Massacre

7.41 h 26 min197418
A group of friends are terrorised by a chainsaw wielding madman and his depraved family in this legendary horror.
Tobe Hooper
Marilyn BurnsAllen DanzigerPaul A. Partain
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4.5 out of 5 stars

2856 global ratings

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
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VaderFett75Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tobe Hooper's original is still the best. There is a reason why this film is ...
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Forget about all these 'paranormal/insidious/sinister/conjuring' efforts. You want to watch a REAL horror film? One that absolutely set the standard for scary movies, that has been copied, homaged and ripped-off hundreds, possibly thousands of times? THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is a film that will stay with you for life. Forget about the sequels and remakes etc.; Tobe Hooper's original is still the best. There is a reason why this film is so respected among horror fans. The cinematography is raw, and the violence is unflinching. And even though it is notorious for being a blood-soaked 'nastie', you will be surprised as to how little blood is actually seen on screen. It is the build up of tension and suspense and the eerie atmosphere created that makes this such a masterpiece(*see also John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN). Great film on a great blu-ray presentation. 5/5
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David McGoughReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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An exhilarating thrilling and heartbreaking film - wonderfully directed in what was Tobe Hooper's standout film and great acting by Marilyn Burns has the final girl who has witnessed the traumatic death of her disabled brother. Very different from the rest of the unpleasant horror genre rooted in misogyny. The film plays out its initial beginning in the daylight and the violence only hinted at and swift and brutal but never over-gory or gratuitous instead relying on atmosphere dread and fear especially at the hands of Sally Hardesty with its wonderfully filmed close-ups of her face and eyes whilst being essentially tortured by Leatherface and the depraved family. The escape at the end is brilliant and for me a cinematic highlight of my life. One of the top ten films of my life - has rooted in our everyday life hopes and dreams and eventual trauma and hell and resilience and escape and very real in its depiction of an actual horrific scene which makes it standout from the rest of the genre.
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Zack LukeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Can see why it's a classic
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but this was a creepy freaking movie! Goes to show that a horror doesn't need blood and guts for it to be a horror, this film truly played on terror of an individual and it worked perfectly. The film is unsettling, the masked guy and the noises he makes are nightmarish, his crazy brother was over the top insane, it was just a really crazy film without even having to be overly blood thirsty. Considering this is a 70s flick I was expecting something old and knew it would be dated, but it's still a really unnerving film that in my opinion should be experienced.
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J. Temperance (Hull)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Original and best
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How many films have been made since 1974 featuring a group of young people getting into situations they should never, ever, of gotten to? None bettered, and very few equalled, the original and the best of these.

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' was made when most of even the most blood thirsty of us were watching Hammer, serial killer or sci-fi horror films. It certainly took a jump of imagination for Tobe Hopper to come up with the ideas for this film. Given it's low budget and four week shooting time it also took a lot of innovation.

Despite the plethora of sub-standard films that have been made in the wake of this fil we are so glad that Hopper made the effort and had the ideas and imagination. After watching this you don't need to watch another slasher movie and really despite the improvements in technology not many should have been made.

This is a crazy, frightening, film with probably the best ever frightening crazies.
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L.WReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 April 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Blu Ray review (spoilers)
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A very memorable horror film done on a tight budget which delivers a great result.

The Blu Ray features some nice enhanced colours and very well captures the sound mix of the film. I bought the 40th anniversary version which has been remastered in 4k. The picture aspect ratio is full screen and the audio is 7.1.

The film's direction feels gritty and uncompromising. Killing a disabled person is not usually done in cinema, this film breaks that taboo with no apologies. Though made on a small budget the film feels very inventive, using subtle ways to build the tension and not giving away too much too early. The film has a strong element of realism to it, helped by the realistic sets and locations, the 16mm film it was filmed on giving it a slightly unpolished look and also by the lack of any strong hero type who steps up at the end to fight the monster. In fact there is no monster or supernatural elements at all, just a mad family out to kill.

I liked some of the cinematography, the low shots of the girl in the red shorts in the strong sunlight. The landscape is empty and barren and nicely captures the sense of isolation our characters find themselves in.

Another element I liked was that the film avoided gratuitous nudity which is often a sleazy element found in horror/slasher films like the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises.

The Blu Ray picture quality is a nice improvement to the DVD while still remaining faithful to the original look of the film, it's not too shinny or digital and keeps that gritty grainy texture the picture always had. The Blu Ray It is also packed full of extras including new audio commentaries, documentaries and interviews.
15 people found this helpful
Dean SlyfieldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Avoided watching this for 20 years. Wish I waited another 20
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The worst horror I've seen

Plot didn't flow. Characters were emotionless to a point where we invest no interest in any of them. Takes half way through just to get to the main antagonist, for which, there is no backstory behind.

Script was horrendous, audio terrible. It seems it was written by a committee bolsted together with just random ideas and it shows, with my before mentioned lack of flow.

Being old has no excuse as horror from that decade hold much better prestige. The best thing about this film was the narration at the start, but was accompanied with intro credits running 5 minutes, poor.

Whoever rated this 5 stars or even 3 stars needs to be banned from watching films in future. Honestly.
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DeanosReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Original Masterpiece
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 is a true classic in horror. I was amazed when I first watched this film back in 1997 on Laserdisc. I now own the new 4K remaster on Blu Ray. I must say the picture quality is more grainy then the previous Blu Ray version I owned, but the colours are more vibrant and detailed that pop on screen. The film comes on two discs and is packed with extra's. I decided to skip the steelbook version in favour of the normal amaray blue case version. The amaray consists of two cover arts, the newly commissioned art and the original art, the latter being the reason I wanted this version. I love the original theatrical poster art on my Blu Ray covers, which gives it that authenticity and nostalgic feel.


• The chainsaw that ( Leatherface ) uses is real. It was no movie prop.

• The titles original name for the film was ( Headcheese ) it later changed to ( Leatherface ) before the eventual title name arrived that we all know today as ( The Texas Chainsaw Massacre )

• Gunnar Hansen who played the role as ( Leatherface ) stood at six-foot-four inches tall and weighed 300 pounds.

• Tobe Hooper the director wanted a PG rating release. So that the film would reach a wider audience. However there was no PG rating system at the time and was told by the Motion Picture Association of America that he could help his cause if he limited the amount of onscreen blood.

'' As you watch the film, notice there's probably about two ounces, '' Hooper later joked.

Alas, the film's intensity ultimately meant it earned a R rating. Still, it's probably not as gory as you remember.

• The Shoot was Harrowing. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was produced on a budget of $60,000, which meant little pay and long hours for the cast and crew. To make matters worse, the production endured a Texas summer with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees ( including 115-degree heat for the un-air conditioned interior shots) , a single bathroom shared by more then three dozen people, costumes that could not be changed because the actors only had one set of clothes, and the constant presence of the bones and rotting meat used as props. Virtually no member of the cast went uninjured, and the heat and stench got so punishing at one point that the actors would run to the windows of the house where the dinner scene was shot to throw up and breath a little fresh air between takes.

Years later, Hooper sarcastically referred to the experience as an '' interesting summer.''

• The legendary dinner scene was shot in a single marathon day. In addition to the excessive heat and odour in the dining room during filming, the sequence was given another challenge: It had to be completed in a single day because John Dugan, the actor who played Grandpa, refused to endure the 10-hour process of getting his makeup applied a second time. '' He announced that he was not sitting through it again, '' Hooper said.

As a result, the cast and crew worked for 27 straight hours to finish a scene that takes up only a few minutes of the film's runtime.

• Leatherface actually wears three different masks in the film. There's The Killing Mask he wears for most of the film, the ''Grandma '' Mask he wears while preparing dinner to show his '' domestic side, '' and the Lady Makeup- covered Mask he wears to sit down to dinner, complete with suit in the southern tradition of dressing up for the evening meal.

This is only seven Trivia facts on what happened during the filming of this iconic film, there are many more facts that happened on set.

Overall Rating
Horror Masterpiece
9 people found this helpful
Paul NevinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of best slasher of all the time.
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its still good , only made on budget of less than 300k dollars. It went on to become one of best horror in film history. Less than one n half hour full of ups n downs , I honestly don't think u can get many better slashers than this film. 60s 70s 80s those days were the best days to make these kind of films

I'm glad I bought Blu ray cos the picture look better and it's got good fews of extras. Deleted scenes and stills gallery made me think alot about the film etc it help me fall in love with the film , classic 70s slasher.

It also spurred me onto reading a bit more about the film on wiki , the fact that it's been banned worldwide for so long time and other so much stuff is what made this horror film awesome. It's got special history and u can then connect it to real life murderer Ed Gein .

The steelbook looks nice graphically too, and colour ! The cover pic inside is classic that sum it up the whole case

Part of rules on halloween day u must have this film ready on ur shelf it's not Halloween if u don't have it.

I feel price is justified and speedy delivery. 5 stars from me
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