The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"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."
‑ Chris Peachment, Time Out
"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
"Hooper and his art director Bob Burns conjured up a picture of hell in rural America...absolutely essential for fans of the horror genre."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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
"The picture gets to you more through its intensity than its craft, but Hooper does have a talent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A genuine classic of the genre, a punishing, unrelenting nightmare that never allows viewers even a moment of sanity or security."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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
"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
"Tobe Hooper's grindhouse masterpiece abounds in snuff ambience and cacophonous trauma"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"As disgusting, harrowing, and ugly as the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is, the film has moments of eerie beauty."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"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,
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