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 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: October 13, 1993
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Critic Score: 88% 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

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.

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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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David Keyes

My personal philosophy remains unmoved by skill and prowess when it comes to an idea this drastic. A chainsaw is a cheater's instrument, a device that disrupts all threads of rhythm and psychology.

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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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Mikel Zorrilla

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]

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

Nauseated and shaken, I walked out of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre after half an hour of its butchery.

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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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Sean Axmaker

Along with Night of the Living Dead and The Last House on the Left, it ushered in the modern age of horror in the 1970s. It is one of the great transgressive American horrors and is still the film upon which Hooper's reputation is built.

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Cole Smithey

No matter how many filmmakers have attempted to recreate the all-out insanity of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," very few have even come close.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
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… 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
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