The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


1h 23m 1974

Brief Synopsis

En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills...

Film Details

Also Known As
Motorsågsmassakern, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Horror
Release Date
1974
Distribution Company
Mpi Home Video; New Line Cinema
Location
Valencia, California, USA; Austin, Texas, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Synopsis

A group of teenagers on the road in Texas stop off at the wrong farm and encounter a family gone awry. Once abbatoir workers, the decay of the Southern rural economy has left them unemployed, and the directionless father and sons take to using their butchering skills on passing people. One by one, the kids encounter members of the grisly family.

Film Details

Also Known As
Motorsågsmassakern, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Horror
Release Date
1974
Distribution Company
Mpi Home Video; New Line Cinema
Location
Valencia, California, USA; Austin, Texas, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Quotes

If I have any more fun today I don't think I can take it!
- Franklin
They just shoot a bullet in their head, and then retract it. It's just BOOM-shht-BOOM-shht.
- Franklin
Franklin, I like meat, please change the subject!
- Sally
I think we just picked up Dracula.
- Franklin
I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it.
- Old Man
Those girls... those girls don't wanna go messin' round no old house!
- Old Man

Trivia

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.

The actor whose character 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 the girl'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 based Leatherface on mass-murderer Ed Gein, who was arrested in 1957.

The movie wasn't released in Australia until the early 1980s.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2014

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1974

Released in United States on Video October 13, 1993

Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.

Released in United States 2014 (Special Events - 40th Anniversary Screening)

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1974

Third sequel to Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (USA/1974). The others are Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" (USA/1986) and Jeff Burr's "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III" (USA/1990).

Released in United States on Video October 13, 1993

Feature directorial debut for scripter Kim Henkel, writer of the Tobe Hooper's original 1974 classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Began shooting July 17, 1989.

Began shooting May 5, 1986.

Completed shooting August 26, 1989.

Completed shooting prior to July 4, 1986.

Film was originally rated X.

New Line Cinema acquired this film from Bryanston Pictures. It was subsequently acquired by Castle Hill Productions.

Limited re-release in United Kingdom December 11, 1998.

Release in USA January 12, 1990.

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