The Texas Chainsaw Massacre1974
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Critic 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.
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Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This movie is nothing but an exercise in tension. Grotesque, looming, filthy tension -- and on that count, the film works extremely well.
Morally retrograde it may be, but then so are nightmares. The point is that this one, though often crude and raw, really leads the imagination. What also works in its favour is that it doesn't pretend to do anything more than scare the pants off you.
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.
As disgusting, harrowing, and ugly as the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is, the film has moments of eerie beauty.
Chainsaw-wielding Leatherface remains one of the most disturbing characters in horror.
Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
An unforgettable horror classic that proved low budget can be terrifying when done right, taking a careful time to build up its tension to an almost unbearable degree before fraying our nerves to pieces with its horrendous sadism, hysterical editing and documentary-style camerawork.
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 uncomfortably in your seat. Especially the last twenty minutes are really creepy, albeit unintentionally funny at times. But you can imagine what an impact the film must have had in its time.
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 rare low-budget overnight sensation that produced hysteria and is still a disturbingly entertaining film for audiences then and now. 4/5
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Quotes
|Old Man:||Look what your brother did to the door!|
|Sally:||[when they arrive at the old house, upon seeing its condition] Oh, I wish they hadn't let the place fall apart.|
|Jerry:||Now it looks like the birthplace of Bela Lugosi.|
|Narrator:||The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.|
|Sally:||[to The Cook] You're crazy! Please, you've got to make them stop.|
|Hitchhiker:||[laughing and mocking Sally] He can't stop it. He's just a cook!|
|Old Man:||[to the Hitchhiker] Shut up, you bitch hog!|
|Hitchhiker:||Isn't that right? Me and Leatherface do all the work. You're just the cook.|
|Old Man:||Shut your mouth! I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it.|