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Hooper's masterpiece of the horror genre

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!
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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 atmosphere
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.

The conlusion
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.
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Quite simply, just plain terrifing.

The 1974 Texas chainsaw massacre was a classic. Very scary and suspenseful, unlike todays movies where all there is are sex and gore. This movie has to be up there with Psycho and Night of the living dead, as top three classic horror films of all-time.Read full review...

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A horror masterpiece! Period.

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.
10/10
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1998, DVD)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1998, DVD)
This is the best horror-movie ever made! This is shooting like is the hole movie eas little bit if a documentery, that inflects at the people who looked at the movie and they feel they seen a lot more than they do. This trix is are great and even if this movie only had a quit low budget. The movie where shoot like a high budget movie! I belive The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the best movie ever made and no movie gonna get this ever!!!!!!!
Jan Bergstrand/Sweden
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TCM 98' Special edition

Classic Horror, There will never be another Leatherface! This film always seems to strike fear more than you average slasher flick. The realistic element in the story is that this is just a deeply disturbed family, no special powers or immortal abilities. The idea that people like this actually exist is horrifying. I highly recommend this movie to any horror fan.Read full review...

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The Texas Chainsaw massacre (original)

What is there not to love about this movie!! So glad that I bought it on DVD have been watching it on my old worn out VHS for years. All the night seen are so much brighter, ya can see what is actually going on. The DVD also had lots of cool extras! GREAT MOVIE!!Read full review...

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Classic Horror Film from Childhood!!

This is one of those movies that you watch and then feel like "Ewwww". Films like this one have impacted the way current and future horror films are made. Think "Saw" or "Wrong Turn" only 10 times better because this movies has a more genuine and raw aura about it. Any true horror film fanatic must own this to have a complete collection.Read full review...

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The reason I bought the movie is because we have the newer versions and I like scary movies very much. The first time I saw this movie I was still in High School and not into movies like this as much as I am now and it scared the bejesus out of me. Had to get the movie to go with the rest of the collection.Read full review...

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This is a VERY scary movie!!!

If you like to watch scary movies then this is a must see!!
~This is one the scariest movies of all time!~
5/5 Stars! A+
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