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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

RUNTIME: 84min

MPAA: R

COLOR: Color

COUNTRY: USA

LANGUAGE: English

GENRE: Horror / Thriller / Cannibals / Cult Classic / Leatherface / Hitchhiker / Chainsaw / Farm / Psychopath / Psychological Torture / Inbreeding / Wearing Human Skin / Serial Killer / Self Mutilation / Cannibalism / Sadism / Independent Film / Low Budget Film

ALTERNATE TITLES:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (USA alternate spelling)

Headcheese (USA working title)

Leatherface (USA working title)

El loco de la Motosierra (Argentina / Chile)

Akuma no ikenie (Japan)

Bloodright in Texas (West Germany)

Blutgericht in Texas (West Germany)

Das Kettensägenmassaker (West Germany)

De kettingzaag (Netherlands)

El Loco de la Motosierra: La Masacre de Texas (Argentina)

La masacre de Texas (Mexico)

Masacre en Texas (Venezuela)

Massacre à la scie (Canada French title)

Massacre à la tronçonneuse (France)

Motorsavsmassakren (Denmark)

Non aprite quella porta (Italy)

O Massacre da Serra Elétrica (Brazil)

Stalking Leatherface (USA alternative title)

Teksanska masakra pila mechaniczna (Poland)

Texasin moottorisahamurhat (Finland)

Una masacre sin igual (Peru)

FOLLOWED BY:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990)

The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994)

REMADE AS:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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SYNOPSIS:

This brutal and gritty cult classic follows a group of five friends road tripping for the summer to visit their grandpa's old house. Once they arrive, they are hunted down by the neighboring house; a chainsaw wielding killer and his grave-robbing cannibalistic family.

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RATEd: 10/10

CoUnT RiCKULA'S SiNeMA REVieW

FiLm AnaTomy

ACTION 6

VIOLENCE 8

DRAMA 5

CHARACTER DEPTH 2

COMEDY 2

SUSPENSE 9

CINEMATOGRAPHY 8

SEXUALITY 0

ROMANCE 0

SPECIAL EFFECTS 4

MUSIC 6

OFFBEAT ENERGY 7

HOLLYWOOD STYLE 0

FAMILY APPEAL 0

PROFANITY 1

PLOT 8

PERFORMANCES 7

ARTISTIC STYLE 8

MEMORABLE 10

ENTERTAINMENT 10

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The actress whose character, Pam, was hung up on a meat hook was actually held up by a nylon cord that went between her legs, causing a great deal of pain.

During the dinner scene towards the end of the film, when Leatherface cuts Sally's finger, he actually does cut her finger because they couldn't get the fake blood to come out of the tube behind the blade.

Director Tobe Hooper claims to have got the idea for the film while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store. While thinking of a way to get out through the crowd, he spotted the chainsaws.

When it was first released, the film was so horrifying that people actually walked out on sneak previews for it.

The chainsaw used in this film was a Poulan 245A, with a piece of black tape covering the Poulan logo in order to avoid a possible lawsuit.

The script was entitled "Leatherface." At various points before the film's release, the title was switched to "Head Cheese" and finally "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre".

The human skeleton in the house at the end of the movie was a real human skeleton. They used a real one because a human skeleton from India is far cheaper then a fake plastic skeleton.

Tobe Hooper allowed Gunnar Hansen to develop Leatherface as he saw fit, under his supervision. Hansen decided that Leatherface was mentally retarded and never learned to talk properly, so he went to a school for the mentally challenged and watched how they moved and listened to them talk to get a feel for the character.

Leatherface had "lines" in the script that were gibberish with little side notes indicating what he was trying to say.

The close-up of Leatherface cutting his leg on the chainsaw was the last shot to be filmed; the actor was wearing a metal plate over his leg, which was then covered with a piece of meat and a blood bag.

Due to the low budget, Gunnar Hansen had only one shirt to wear as Leatherface. The shirt had been dyed, so it could not be washed; Hansen had to wear it for four straight weeks of filming in the Texas summer. By the end of the shoot no one wanted to eat lunch with Hansen because his clothing smelled so bad.

The soundtrack contains the sounds an animal would hear inside a slaughterhouse.

Gunnar Hansen said that, during filming, he didn't get along very well with Paul A. Partain, who played Franklin. A few years later, Hanson met Partain again and realized that Partain, a method actor, had simply chosen to stay in character even when not filming. The two remained good friends up until Partains' death.

Gunnar Hansen hit his head on doorways and other objects several times during the shoot because the Leatherface mask severely limited his peripheral vision and the three-inch heels he wore made his 6'4" frame too high to clear all obstacles.

Even in his lift boots, Gunnar Hansen could run faster than Marilyn Burns, so he had to do random things when chasing her through the woods (you'll notice in one head-on shot that he starts slicing up tree branches in the background).

Some urban legends say that the the "real" Texas Chainsaw Massacre took place near Poth, (a small town about 36 miles southeast of San Antonio. This is false. The film is fictional and based loosely on the life of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein (as is the classic Psycho).

Marilyn Burns, whose character was chased by Leatherface through the undergrowth, actually cut herself on the branches quite badly, so a lot of the blood on her body and clothes is real.

Gunnar Hansen wore three-inch heels so that he was taller than the rest of the cast, but it meant that he had to duck to get through the doorways in the slaughterhouse.

The film's distributors Bryantson Pictures were allegedly discovered to have Mafia connections.

Many of the film's original locations were later featured in Headcheese, a short film named after one of "Chain Saw's" early titles during production in 1973.

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Director(s)

Tobe Hooper

Writer(s)

Kim Henkel (story / screenplay)

Tobe Hooper (story / screenplay)

Producer(s)

Kim Henkel .... associate producer

Tobe Hooper .... producer

Jay Parsley .... executive producer

Richard Saenz .... associate producer

Louis Peraino .... producer

Original Music

Wayne Bell (music score)

Tobe Hooper (music score)

Cinematography

Daniel Pearl

Film Editing

J. Larry Carroll

Sallye Richardson

Production Design

Robert A. Burns

Art Direction

Robert A. Burns

Makeup Department

W.E. Barnes .... makeup artist: grandfather

Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist

Production Management

Ronald M. Bozman .... production manager

Assistant / Second Unit Director

Sallye Richardson .... assistant director

Sound Department

Wayne Bell .... boom operator / post-production sound

Jay M. Harding .... dubbing mixer

Paul Harrison .... sound re-recordist

Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixe

Ted Nicolaou .... location sound recordist

Patrick Yacono .... sound re-recording mixer (restorated version)

Special Effects

Dean W. Miller

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CAST

Marilyn Burns ... Sally Hardesty

Allen Danziger ... Jerry

Paul A. Partain ... Franklin Hardesty

William Vail ... Kirk

Teri McMinn ... Pam

Edwin Neal ... Hitchhiker

Jim Siedow ... Old Man

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 ... Narrator (voice)

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