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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.


  • Marilyn Burns
  • Gunnar Hansen
  • Allen Danziger
  • Paul A. Partain
  • William Vail
  • Teri McMinn
  • Edwin Neal
  • Jim Siedow
  • John Dugan
  • Perry Lorenz

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What separates Texas Chainsaw Massacre from its predecessors is its anarchic, cynical hysteria—its bizarre and dark-as-hell gallows humor.

Metacritic review by Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is as violent and gruesome and blood-soaked as the title promises -- a real Grand Guignol of a movie. It’s also without any apparent purpose, unless the creation of disgust and fright is a purpose. And yet in its own way, 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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times