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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Reviews

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David Keyes
November 3, 2015
My personal philosophy remains unmoved by skill and prowess when it comes to an idea this drastic. A chainsaw is a cheater's instrument, a device that disrupts all threads of rhythm and psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
September 28, 2015
Nauseated and shaken, I walked out of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre after half an hour of its butchery.
Cole Smithey
April 26, 2015
No matter how many filmmakers have attempted to recreate the all-out insanity of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," very few have even come close.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Derek Malcolm
April 7, 2015
Morally retrograde it may be, but then so are nightmares. The point is that this one, though often crude and raw, really leads the imagination. What also works in its favour is that it doesn't pretend to do anything more than scare the pants off you.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 20, 2014
A genuine classic of the genre, a punishing, unrelenting nightmare that never allows viewers even a moment of sanity or security.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
October 20, 2014
Tobe Hooper's grindhouse masterpiece abounds in snuff ambience and cacophonous trauma
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
October 14, 2014
This abattoir of a movie boasts sledgehammers, meathooks and chainsaws, and the result, though not especially visceral, is noisy, relentless, and about as subtle as having your leg sawed off without anaesthetic.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 5, 2014
Hooper and his art director Bob Burns conjured up a picture of hell in rural America...absolutely essential for fans of the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 22, 2014
A genuine American nightmare that is not only uncompromisingly ferocious but truly original, and as much an art film in its way as another fact-inspired murder movie shot a year earlier by another Texas-connected filmmaker, Terrence Malick's 'Badlands.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 22, 2014
As disgusting, harrowing, and ugly as the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is, the film has moments of eerie beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
October 7, 2013
Hooper's unrelenting assault on the senses is one of the most streamlined, sadistic horror movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Morris
Independent (UK)
October 9, 2012
Chainsaw-wielding Leatherface remains one of the most disturbing characters in horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 6, 2012
Still a remarkable and utterly unnerving horror film to this day...
Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Best for older teens and adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Coates
October 19, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stan Hall
March 20, 2009
Artfully documentarylike and shot under conditions that produced genuinely traumatized performances, the original Massacre eschews cheap thrills and attacks the psyche.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
November 6, 2008
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.
Dustin Putman
October 24, 2008
A cutthroat, unendingly bleak masterpiece of horror cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 1, 2008
It's a masterpiece, pure and simple..a smart young director summing up the basest instincts of his species.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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