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The year is 1974. A group of five close friends are heading through the back roads of Texas en route to their grandfather's potentially vandalized grave. Among them are Sally Hardesty, and her invalid brother Franklin. They encounter an unpleasant hitchhiker (Neal) who slashes both himself & Franklin with a wicked-looking knife. The others manage to eject the hitchhiker from the vehicle, but shortly after wards, they are forced to stop & wander over to a small, sinister clapboard house nearby in hopes for gas. What none of them realize is that this house is the home of the ghoulish Leatherface (Hansen) and his evil, demented family of cannibalistic psychopaths. One at a time, the teens are murdered by the evil Leatherface in horrifying ways. Sally soon finds herself an involuntary guest at Leatherface's home, and flees into the night to escape the demented cannibal and his loudly-buzzing chainsaw. Can she escape the grim fate that befell her friends & brother? Based on the terrifying true story of Ed Gein.
Out of all the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movies. This has got to be the best of them all. a must for all the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fans and collectors...
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a horror masterpiece, is probably the best example of true horror I've seen since phyco or silence of the lambs. I've never really been a horror movie person until a few years ago, and had I not seen this movie, I might have just given up on horror flicks. so heres the review on my opinion of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre... The storyline
The movie begins with the five friends driving across the hot Texas landscape on their way to check up on the family grave, onthe count that a large amount of grave robbings have tken place over the last few weeks. Along the way they meet and decide to pick up a crazy hitch hiker, who later becomes a big problem in a way that he slits his hand open and thens takes and burns one of the five friends picture, and on top of the trouble he has already caused, he take a strait edge razor blade and turns it on Franklin who is wheelchair bound, the hitch hiker gets the boot and they continue their journy. when they arrive at the family home stead, two of the friends, Pam and Kirk, decide to visit the swimming hole, their couriosity gets the best of them when they decide to check out what looks to an empty house, unfortunate for them they get the not so happy welcome of leatherface. Franklin and Jerry meet the same fate soon after, with it just being herself, sally fights for survival and eventualy makes a desperate escape in the back of a truck which takes you into the conclusion of the movie.
The movie does a great job of utilizing the effectiveness of dead silence, such as during the scene when Franklin dies, the atmosphere is so quiet, so that when leatherface comes in it actually amplifies the sound of the saw so much that it blasts you with the impact, you can almost fill it!it really is incredible. When you you really listen and you have the volume up, you can hear all of this wierd machinery that will freak you out, but I don't get it, its just machinery.
In conlusion to my long winded review, I would recommend this to anyone who is a real horror movie junky, or anyone who likes movies, its got a little bit of every thing, get it and enjoy it, because I know you will.
It is my hope that with all the mediocre horror movie re-makes being released these days, most people will become interested enough to go back and purchase the original versions of the re-makes they watch (i.e. When a Stranger Calls, The Hills Have Eyes, Dark Water, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc).
Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a classic, flawlessly executed horror film - a true masterpiece of the genre. Even though a lot of the movie takes place in broad daylight, and there is no significant amount of graphic violence, this film is remembered as one of the bloodiest horror movies ever. This is due to Tobe Hooper's brilliant direction, where everything is suggested, yet not much really happens on camera. The most memorable thing about this movie is just how WEIRD it is; not because of the storyline, but because it naturally evokes a feeling of weirdness, disorientation, and unease. The characters are well-developed, and Marilyn Burns delivers one of the most accomplished performances in the history of horror cinema.
If you liked the 2003 re-make of this film, it is essential that you purchase the original; you will be more than pleasantly surprised at its infinite ability to disturb and amaze you.
Two thumbs up!
One of my favourite horror films. Sheer mastery has made this film the awesome classic it is even today. Jim Siedow,Edwin Neal,Marilyn Burns & Paul Partain all portray a brilliant light into their characters. From the eerie sound score to the raw & brutal terror,this film still sends shivers down me-it shows that low budget does not mean low standards. All the gore & special effects of the later horror films just don't have that power. Tobe Hooper's best film in my book-his sequel TCM2 did not match up to this masterpiece.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the greatest horror movies ever made and this DVD is the version you should buy if you like Special Features and great picture quality. It's filled with special features never seen before and a great commentary by the cast and director Tobe Hooper. With the new HD transfer from the original 16mm camera originals you can guarantee you will get a crystal clear, sharp picture. For me the transfer takes something away from the way the film should be watched. It no longer has that low-budget 70's horror feel to it like the VHS version had. The previous OOP version is digitally remastered but still has that low-budget grain when you watch it on a HD/Plasma television (duh, of course!); but you won't have any grain on this version so if you're looking for a crystal clear picture or are obsessed with special features than this is the version for you.