The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper

Although low in budget, this movie is blood curdling and very scary and is loosely based on the true crimes of Ed Gein who was also a partial inspiration for the 'Psycho' films.

Whilst on a road trip in Texas, five teenagers drive past a slaughter house and pick up a very sinister hitch hiker (Edwin Neal), that they soon get rid of when he turns out to be REALLY wierd.

Sally (Marilyn Burns), Franklin (Paul A. Partain), Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail) and Pam (Teri McMinn) soon come across an old family home where they meet a family of cannibals and they are then plunged into a never ending nightmare as they find the family like using their power tools VERY much.

The five are to be dispatched of, through various methods of gruesome death, including the use of a chainsaw. Now they have to fight against the clock and the freaks to escape their gruesome fate. However the saw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) won't let them escape without a fight.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1974

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Marilyn Burns...Sally Hardesty
Allen Danziger...Jerry
Paul A. Partain...Franklin Hardesty
William Vail...Kirk
Teri McMinn...Pam
Edwin Neal...The Hitchhiker
Jim Siedow...Drayton Sawyer
Image for Gunnar HansenGunnar Hansen...Leatherface/Bubba Sawyer Jr.
John Dugan...Grandfather Sawyer
Robert Courtin...Window Washer
William Creamer...Bearded Man
John Henry Faulk...Storyteller
Jerry Green...Cowboy
Ed Guinn...Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan...Drunk