The Texas Chainsaw Massacre1974
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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.
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 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.
A movie that goes a lot deeper than just a maniac with a chainsaw, and more political than many may realize.
Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
An unforgettable horror classic that proved low budget can be terrifying when done right, taking a careful time to build up its tension to an almost unbearable degree before fraying our nerves to pieces with its horrendous sadism, hysterical editing and documentary-style camerawork.
Unlikable characters and amateur acting makes it hard to get into this. But once the really horrible slaughtering starts you can't help but shift uncomfortably in your seat. Especially the last twenty minutes are really creepy, albeit unintentionally funny at times. But you can imagine what an impact the film must have had in its time.
Tobe Hooper's controversial classic is a landmark stamp in the genre of horror and a step towards the slasher sub genre. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a rare low-budget overnight sensation that produced hysteria and is still a disturbingly entertaining film for audiences then and now. 4/5
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Quotes
|Old Man:||Look what your brother did to the door!|
|Sally:||[when they arrive at the old house, upon seeing its condition] Oh, I wish they hadn't let the place fall apart.|
|Jerry:||Now it looks like the birthplace of Bela Lugosi.|
|Narrator:||The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.|
|Sally:||[to The Cook] You're crazy! Please, you've got to make them stop.|
|Hitchhiker:||[laughing and mocking Sally] He can't stop it. He's just a cook!|
|Old Man:||[to the Hitchhiker] Shut up, you bitch hog!|
|Hitchhiker:||Isn't that right? Me and Leatherface do all the work. You're just the cook.|
|Old Man:||Shut your mouth! 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.|