The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A group of teenagers on the road in Texas stop off at the wrong farm and encounter a family gone awry. Once abattoir workers, the decay of the Southern rural economy has left them unemployed, and the directionless father and sons take to using their butchering skills on passing people. One by one, the kids encounter members of the grisly family.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture gets to you more through its intensity than its craft, but Hooper does have a talent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Hooper's unrelenting assault on the senses is one of the most streamlined, sadistic horror movies ever made."
‑ , Total Film
"Still a remarkable and utterly unnerving horror film to this day..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Artfully documentarylike and shot under conditions that produced genuinely traumatized performances, the original Massacre eschews cheap thrills and attacks the psyche."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"It's a masterpiece, pure and simple..a smart young director summing up the basest instincts of his species."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Best for older teens and adults only."
‑ Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Seeing this again recently has convinced me that it's quite a bit better than I initially judged."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Chainsaw-wielding Leatherface remains one of the most disturbing characters in horror."
‑ Sophie Morris, Independent
"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."
‑ Tom Coates,
"A cutthroat, unendingly bleak masterpiece of horror cinema."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre loses none of its intensity as the years go by."
‑ Ben Cobb, Film4
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