The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 13, 1993
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Chris Peachment
Time Out

his 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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Hooper and his art director Bob Burns conjured up a picture of hell in rural America...absolutely essential for fans of the horror genre.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A genuine classic of the genre, a punishing, unrelenting nightmare that never allows viewers even a moment of sanity or security.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.'

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Variety Staff

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Tobe Hooper's grindhouse masterpiece abounds in snuff ambience and cacophonous trauma

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

As disgusting, harrowing, and ugly as the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is, the film has moments of eerie beauty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
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… More
Dan Schultz
A nasty, unrelentingly brutal exercise in terror concerning four young people who venture off into remote Texas to check out one of their grandfather's old… More
Josh Lewis
While groundbreaking for its time and responsible for establishing many elements of B movie horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn't hold up as well as… More
Alex roy
In 1974, Tobe Hooper brought one of the most demented madmen to the screen with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With this film, Leatherface would become one of… More
Spencer S.
There have been grosser films: films that are weirder, more upsetting, and bloodier, but undeniably this was the first, and the best, shocker horror film.… More
Jason Calvin
This is a brilliant piece of work, and one of the greatest horror movies ever produced. Tobe Hooper created an assault on the senses, as filthy as it is… More