The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Genres - Horror, Mature  |   Sub-Genres - Exploitation Film, Slasher Film  |   Release Date - Oct 11, 1974  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - TV-MA
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American horror film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar Hansen, who respectively portray Sally Hardesty, Franklin Hardesty, the hitchhiker, the proprietor, and Leatherface, the main antagonist. The film follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while on their way to visit an old homestead. Although it was marketed as a true story to attract a wider audience and as a subtle commentary on the era's political climate, its plot is entirely fictional; however, the character of Leatherface and minor plot details were inspired by the crimes of real-life murderer Ed Gein. Hooper produced the film for less than $300,000 and used a cast of relatively unknown actors drawn mainly from central Texas, where the film was shot. The limited budget forced Hooper to film for long hours seven days a week, so that he could finish as quickly as possible and reduce equipment rental costs. Due to the film's violent content, Hooper struggled to find a distributor. Louis Perano of Bryanston Pictures eventually purchased the distribution rights. Hooper limited the quantity of onscreen gore in hopes of securing a PG rating, but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rated it R. The film faced similar difficulties internationally. Upon its October 1974 release, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was banned outright in several countries, and numerous theaters later stopped showing the film in response to complaints about its violence. While it initially drew a mixed reception from critics, it was enormously profitable, grossing over $30 million at the domestic box office. It has since received a positive reappraisal and gained a reputation as one of the best horror films in cinema history. It is credited with originating several elements common in the slasher genre, including the use of power tools as murder weapons and the characterization of the killer as a large, hulking, faceless figure. The popularity of the film led to a franchise that continued the story of Leatherface and his family through sequels, remakes, one prequel, comic books and video games.

Movie Info

Budget

$300,000

Box Office

$30,860,378

Tags

Cannibal, Chainsaw, Cult, Cult Film, Gas Station, Hitchhiker, Hooper Limited, Independent, Midnight Movie, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Slaughterhouse, Texas, True Stories, Van, Violent

Attributes

Narrative Location: Texas
Subject: serial killer

Alternate Titles

A texasi láncfűrészes mészárlás
HU
Akuma no ikenie
JP
Blutgericht in Texas
DE
Das Kettensägenmassaker
DE
De kettingzaag
NL
El loco de la Motosierra
AR, CL
El loco de la motosierra
UY
El Loco de la Motosierra: La Masacre de Texas
AR
Headcheese
US
Kruvinosios skerdynes Teksase
LT
La masacre de Texas
MX
La matanza de Texas
ES
Le massacre à la scie
CA
Leatherface
US
Masacre en cadena
MX
Masacre en el infierno
MX
Masacre en Texas
CO, MX, VE
Massacre à la tronçonneuse
CA, FR
Massacre no Texas
PT
Massaker 73
DE
Moottorisahamurhaaja
FI
Motorsagmassakren
NO
Motorsågsmassakern
FI, SE
Motorsavsmassakren
DK
Non aprite quella porta
IT
O Massacre da Serra Elétrica
BR
O shizofrenis dolofonos me to prioni
GR
Saturn in Retrograde
US
Slachting met de Kettingzaag
NL
Stalking Leatherface
US
Teksańska masakra piłą mechaniczną
PL
Teksas Katliamı
TR
Teksaški masakr motornom pilom
BA, HR
Texasin moottorisahamurhat
FI
Texaský masaker motorovou pílou
SK
Texaský masakr motorovou pilou
CZ
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
, AU, CA, EC, EG, HK, IN, IL, KR, PH, SG, ZA, TH, GB
The Texas chain saw massacre
FI
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary
, US
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
DE, NL, US
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Blutgericht in Texas
DE
Una masacre sin igual
PE
Una matanza sin igual
PE
Ο σχιζοφρενής δολοφόνος με το πριόνι
GR
Тексаското клане
BG
Тексашки масакр моторном тестером
RS
Техаська різанина бензопилою
UA
टेक्सास चेनसॉ नरसंहार
IN
द टेक्सास चेनसॉ मैसकर
IN
德州电锯杀人狂
CN
德州電鋸殺人狂
TW
悪魔のいけにえ
JP
텍사스 전기톱 학살
KR