Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 30, 2008
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Dark Sky Films
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: All new featurette with actress Teri McMinn
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"My family's always been in meat."
- Hitchhiker (Edwin Neal)
Entertainment Weekly - 05/23/2003
"...CHAINSAW is one of the scariest movies of all time..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...Tobe Hooper's horror classic remains as sharp as ever..."
Variety - 10/06/2003
"Few horror films can match the unflinching, sadistic force of this low-budget 1974 triumph..."
Ultimate DVD - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film throws the American Dream into a hellish world of murder and cannibalism....Often copied, rarely equalled."
Total Film - 12/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "CHAIN SAW remains one of the most punishing, exhilarating films ever made."
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is, without a doubt, the granddaddy of all splatter films. Inspired by 1950s mass murderer Ed Gein, Tobe Hooper's debut feature opens with five unsuspecting teenagers driving in a van through sun-scorched rural Texas. After a terrifying exchange with a demented hitchhiker, the group ends up at an old farmhouse. At first, the house appears to be abandoned, but soon, the evil residents begin to wreak havoc on the youngsters' lives. With her friends and wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) disappearing one by one, the terrified Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) must summon the strength to escape from the ghoulish family of mass murderers, who are led by the gruesome, chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).
Hooper's low-budget exploitation horror film became a cult hit and favorite midnight movie that helped define the splatter genre by introducing such standard features as the house of terror, where innocent victims meet horrible ends, and the girl in peril who survives the mayhem to become the heroine. Spawning several sequels, as well as a 2003 remake, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remains an untouchable work of sheer terror that continues to shock audiences all over the world.
The granddaddy of all splatter films. Five teenagers driving through rural Texas stumble onto an old farmhouse which turns out to be inhabited by a ghoulish family of mass murderers. Chainsaws and meat hooks are the tools of these white trash psycho-killers' trade -- they decorate their home with human bones, skin and other gruesome relics, supplementing the body count with corpses from the local graveyard when fresh victims are scarce. It looks like curtains for certain for the teen travellers trapped inside this house of horrors -- unless one scantily-clad female can elude the powertools and survive the night of terror intact.
Black Comedy |
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical release: October 1974
- TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was director Tobe Hooper's first feature film.
- The film's estimated budget was $350,000.
- Featured songs by Roger Bartlett & Friends, Timberline Rose, Arkey Blue and Los Cyclones.
- The film was loosely based on the real-life crimes of Ed Gein, which also inspired Hitchcock's PSYCHO.
- John Larroquette makes an uncredited vocal appearance, providing the film with it's unsettling opening narration.