Hooper's unrelenting assault on the senses is one of the most streamlined, sadistic horror movies ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Time has not dimmed the shock value of this seminal classic from director Tobe Hooper that's based on the same real-life case that inspired Psycho.
Chainsaw-wielding Leatherface remains one of the most disturbing characters in horror.
| Original Score: 4/5
Still a remarkable and utterly unnerving horror film to this day...
| Original Score: 4/4
Best for older teens and adults only.
| Original Score: 3/5
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't try anything funny, there are no winks to the audience. And it's all the better because of it.
Artfully documentarylike and shot under conditions that produced genuinely traumatized performances, the original Massacre eschews cheap thrills and attacks the psyche.
All these elements set the stage for some of the most prolonged scenes of sustained panic ever captured by cinema, as Hooper infects characters and viewers alike with the thrill of a madness from which there can be no real escape.
A cutthroat, unendingly bleak masterpiece of horror cinema.
It's a masterpiece, pure and simple..a smart young director summing up the basest instincts of his species.
| Original Score: 10/10
Seeing this again recently has convinced me that it's quite a bit better than I initially judged.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre loses none of its intensity as the years go by.
The violence is outdated by today's standards, but the original Chainsaw still packs a punch with its rough look and disturbing overtones.
The picture gets to you more through its intensity than its craft, but Hooper does have a talent.
Despite the heavy doses of gore in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper's pic is well-made for an exploiter of its type.
The Great American Horror Movie.
The film's intense final half achieves its unshakable effect through a combination of things aside from graphic gore.
A profoundly sensitive look at social prejudices and the toll said prejudices take on the human social organism.
An intelligent, absorbing, and deeply disturbing horror film that is nearly bloodless in its depiction of violence.
The movie is some kind of weird, off-the-wall achievement. I can't imagine why anyone would want to make a movie like this, and yet it's well-made, well-acted, and all too effective.
| Original Score: 2/4