The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre1974

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)




Critic Consensus: Thanks to a smart script and documentary-style camerawork, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieves start-to-finish suspense, making it a classic in low-budget exploitation cinema.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Photos

Movie Info

Just as Hitchcock's Psycho was based on the life of deeply disturbed farmer Ed Gein, so is this little story of depravity and dementia. When a sister and her brother take a group of friends to visit the farmhouse of their deceased grandfather, they discover that just next door lives a whole family of repugnant psycho killers. Most noteworthy is "Leatherface" who is the bloke who wields the power saw and has a penchant for human flesh. Though the film did not enjoy immediate success at the box office, it has since gathered a hefty cult following. Directed by Tobe Hooper, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is considered by many to be groundbreaking work in the genre of horror.

Watch it now


Gunnar Hansen
as Leatherface
Edwin Neal
as Hitchhiker
William Creamer
as Bearded Man
Jim Siedow
as Old Man
John Dugan
as Grandfather
John Henry Faulk
as Storyteller
Perry Lorenz
as Pickup Driver
View All

News & Interviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (4)

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.

October 14, 2014 | Full Review…

The picture gets to you more through its intensity than its craft, but Hooper does have a talent.

September 19, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

September 19, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

October 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A movie that goes a lot deeper than just a maniac with a chainsaw, and more political than many may realize.

December 3, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the best horror films I've seen, since it picks up the trend at that time and expresses it to the maximum to offer us a title that still holds its full strength. [Full review in Spanish]

August 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Quotes

News & Features