"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a harrowing tale of a group of friends who fall prey to a family of cannibals while on a road trip in rural Texas. The film follows Sally Hardesty, her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin, and their friends as they venture to visit an old family homestead.
However, their journey takes a nightmarish turn when they encounter Leatherface, a chainsaw-wielding maniac, and his deranged family. As the group is hunted down one by one, Sally must find a way to escape the clutches of this twisted family and survive the horrors that await her.
October 1, 1974
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Cast & Crew
- Marilyn Burns as Sally Hardesty
- Allen Danziger as Jerry
- Paul A. Partain as Franklin Hardesty
- William Vail as Kirk
Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel
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United States (US)
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Bryanston Distributing Company
Box Office Collection:
Over $30 million (worldwide)
Upon its release, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was met with a polarized response from critics. While some lauded it for its raw intensity and innovative approach to horror, others criticized it for its graphic violence and disturbing themes.
However, over the years, the film has garnered a reputation as one of the most influential horror movies of all time. Critics now praise its ability to generate terror without relying heavily on gore, its atmospheric tension, and its commentary on the dark side of American rural life.
Notable film critic Rex Reed called it "the most terrifying film he had ever seen," and it's often cited in discussions about films that pushed the boundaries of horror in the 1970s.
Audiences were both horrified and fascinated by the film. Its gritty realism and unsettling atmosphere made it a cult classic among horror enthusiasts. The film's success spawned a franchise, including sequels, remakes, and merchandise, solidifying its place in pop culture.
Awards & Nominations:
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" didn't win major awards upon its release, but its impact on the horror genre has been recognized in various retrospectives and film festivals. It has been preserved in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."