Kirk Teri McMinn Pam Edwin Neal Hitchhiker Jim Siedow Old Man Gunnar Hansen Leatherface John Dugan Grandfather Robert Courtin Window Washer William Creamer Bearded Man John Henry Faulk Storyteller Jerry Green Cowboy Ed Guinn Edit Storyline En route to visit their grandfather's grave which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated , five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up and quickly drop a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home Taglines: America's most bizarre crime!
Brutal beyond description! Grisley beyond comprehension! Genres: Horror. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Gunnar Hansen hit his head on doorways and other objects several times during the shoot because the Leatherface mask severely limited his peripheral vision and the three-inch heels he wore made his 6'4" frame too high to clear all obstacles.
Goofs The position of the hitch-hiker, in relation to the lorry, as it hits him, changes between shots. Also, the hitch-hiker is an obvious dummy as he is hit; you can see the fake limb attachment on his arm.
Clicking on the jars plays various sounds. On the backstory page, guests could also click on a chainsaw to see a short video. On the carnival page, guests could click on a Blair's Meats trailer to see a chainsaw.
Visitors would have to click on the components of the chainsaw in the right order to start it. They were given a hint in Jack's bus in the form of a note. If visitors successfully started the chainsaw, they would be rewarded with a preview video of the house. Guests can also find an unsolved case file in Jack's bus, where they can see photos of the Hewitt house. Finally, visitors could see a skull, a pair of glasses, a bottle of chainsaw oil, and Travis County circled on a map in Jack's bus.
Amelia Destiny Bostic Waitress credit only Sammie Cassell Sheriff Hopkins Brandon Wagner Brandon Dina B. Hopkins Spencer Kilpatrick Jayden Mavrick Vo Leatherface's Dead Body Josh Mabe Guy in Diner 2 Brandi Lynn Lankford Charlotte Garrett Spake Guy in Diner Sean Ozment Later, while being questioned by police at a hospital, Jenny becomes distracted by the sight of a catatonic patient being wheeled by on a gurney.
Back at the scene of Vilmer's death, Leatherface swings his chainsaw maniacally, screaming in depression. The film has been noted for its implementation of a secret society subplot driving Leatherface's family to terrorize civilians in order to provoke them to a level of transcendence ; in a retrospective interview, Kim Henkel confirmed that the basis of the subplot was influenced by theories surrounding the Illuminati. Of course, it does produce a transcendent experience.
Death is like that. But no good comes of it. Other references to the Illuminati are made in the film's dialogue, specifically in the scene in which Darla tells Jenny about the thousands-years-old secret society in control of the U. The film is recursive in that it opens with an intertitle referring to two "minor, yet apparently related incidents", a joking acknowledgment of the previous two sequels.
Leatherface, once efficient, methodical and near-silent, now struggles to competently capture or kill his victims, all the while screaming like a petulant child. The family, no longer backwater cannibals, dines on pizza instead of the fresh meat of their victims. The dinner sequence, originally one of the most effective and horrifying scenes ever committed to film, goes so far off the rails it climaxes with Jenny turning the tables on her captors and scolding Leatherface into sitting down and shutting up.
The ineffectiveness of it all of this is intentional, and we know this because a man in a limo pulls up and openly acknowledges it. Another element noted by both critics and film scholars is the film's overt references to cross-dressing in the Leatherface character, which was briefly explored in the original film but implemented to a greater extent. Robert Wilonsky of the Houston Press commented on the film's treatment of the character, writing that the film "turns Leatherface here played by Robbie Jacks, an Austin songwriter who used to host a smacked-up radio show with Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes into a cross-dressing nancy boy who screams more than he saws.
The original cut of the film by director Kim Henkel is approximately 7 minutes longer than the final released version. The original edit of the film has some slightly longer shots of violence and character reactions but the most significant omission in the theatrically released version was the deletion of Jenny's backstory at the beginning of the film.
In the original cut, the relationship between Jenny and her stepfather played by David Laurence is shown to be fraught, with elements of domestic abuse and molestation shown as she is subjected to his violent outbursts.
This later helps to explain why Jenny is not particularly phased when being tortured by Leatherface's family and how she has the strength to fight back against Vilmer when he touches her. In developing the film, Robert Kuhn stated:. I wanted to go back to the original, and [Kim] did, too.
We agreed on that right off. And the first major thing was getting him to write the script. I raised the money to get it written, and for us to start trying to put this thing together. At that point I'd raised some money, but not nearly enough to make the film, and we looked at the possibilities of making a deal with a distributor. But I knew there wasn't any hope of us making one we could live with. There never is. Kim would say, 'Hey, so-and-so is interested, and it might be a deal we can live with.
I just started going to everybody I knew and I got it in bits and pieces, wherever I could. In a released documentary on the making of the film, Henkel stated that he wrote the characters as exaggerated "cartoonish" caricatures of quintessential American youth. And by extension her refusal to be oppressed. Even by culture The movie was filmed on location at an abandoned farmhouse in Pflugerville, Texas , and nearby Bastrop. Logan as "very, very rough for everyone.
So, you know, makeup was in the front seats and there was a table in the middle for hair, and there was a tiny little curtain by the bathroom. She attempts to flee, but Leatherface catches her, and impales her on a meathook, making her watch as he butchers Kirk with a chainsaw.
Jerry heads out to look for Pam and Kirk at sunset. He sees the house and finds Pam, still alive, inside a freezer. Before he can react, Leatherface kills him.
With darkness falling, Sally and Franklin set out to find their friends. As they near the neighboring house and call out, Leatherface lunges from the darkness and kills Franklin with a chainsaw. Sally runs toward the house, and finds the desiccated remains of an elderly couple upstairs. She escapes from Leatherface by jumping through a second-floor window, and flees to the gas station. The proprietor calms her with offers of help, but then ties her up, gags her, and forces her into his truck.
He drives to the house, arriving at the same time as the hitchhiker, now revealed as Leatherface's brother. The hitchhiker recognizes Sally, and taunts her. The men torment the bound and gagged Sally while Leatherface, now dressed as a woman, serves dinner. Leatherface and the hitchhiker bring down one of the desiccated bodies from upstairs, that of their Grandpa. He is revealed to be alive when he sucks blood from a cut on Sally's finger. They decide that Grandpa, the best killer in the old slaughterhouse, should kill Sally.
He tries to hit her with a hammer, but he is too weak. In the ensuing struggle, she breaks free, leaps through a window, and flees to the road. Leatherface and the hitchhiker give chase, but the latter is run over and killed by a passing truck. Leatherface attacks the truck with his chainsaw, and when the driver stops to help he knocks Leatherface down with a pipe wrench, causing the chainsaw to cut his leg. The driver flees, and Sally escapes in the back of a passing pickup truck as Leatherface maniacally flails his chainsaw in the air in anger and defeat.
The concept for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre arose in the early s while Tobe Hooper was working as an assistant film director at the University of Texas at Austin and as a documentary cameraman. Hooper has cited changes in the cultural and political landscape as central influences on the film. His intentional misinformation, that the "film you are about to see is true", was a response to being "lied to by the government about things that were going on all over the world", including Watergate , the oil crisis , and "the massacres and atrocities in the Vietnam War ".
Hooper and Kim Henkel cowrote the screenplay and formed Vortex, Inc. Parsley formed a company named MAB, Inc. Vortex made the idea more attractive by awarding them a share of its potential profits, ranging from 0. Many of the cast members at the time were relatively unknown actors—Texans who had played roles in commercials, television, and stage shows, as well as performers whom Hooper knew personally, such as Allen Danziger and Jim Siedow.
The lead role of Sally was given to Marilyn Burns , who had appeared previously on stage and served on the film commission board at UT Austin while studying there.
Icelandic-American actor Gunnar Hansen was selected for the role of Leatherface. To research his character in preparation for his role, Hansen visited a special needs school and watched how the students moved and spoke.
The primary filming location was an early s farmhouse located on Quick Hill Road near Round Rock, Texas , where the La Frontera development is now located. They wouldn't wash my costume because they were worried that the laundry might lose it, or that it would change color. They didn't have enough money for a second costume.
So I wore that [mask] 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for a month. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was mainly shot using an Eclair NPR 16mm camera   with fine-grain, low-speed film that required four times more light than modern digital cameras. The crew covered its walls with drops of animal blood obtained from a local slaughterhouse. Burns drove around the countryside and collected the remains of cattle and other animals in various stages of decomposition, with which he littered the floors of the house.
The special effects were simple and limited by the budget. The crew had difficulty getting the stage blood to come out of its tube, so instead Burns's index finger was cut with a razor. However, the actor playing Grandpa was aiming for the floor rather than his victim's head. He stated that "everyone hated me by the end of the production" and that "it just took years for them to kind of cool off.
Years later Bozman stated, "We made a deal with the devil, [sigh], and I guess that, in a way, we got what we deserved. In New Line Cinema acquired the distribution rights from Bryanston and gave the producers a larger share of the profits.
A distributor apparently restored the offending material, and at least one theater presented the full version under an "R". The Australian censors refused to classify the minute version of the film in June ;  the board similarly refused classification of a minute print in December that year. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre received a mixed reaction upon its initial release. Linda Gross of the Los Angeles Times called it "despicable" and described Henkel and Hooper as more concerned with creating a realistic atmosphere than with its "plastic script".
Berrigan of The Cincinnati Enquirer praised the lead performance of Burns: "Marilyn Burns, as Sally, deserves a special Academy Award for one of the most sustained and believable acting achievements in movie history. Romero's Night of the Living Dead Critics later frequently praised both the film's aesthetic quality and its power. Observing that it managed to be "horrifying without being a bloodbath you'll see more gore in a Steven Seagal film ", Bruce Westbrook of the Houston Chronicle called it "a backwoods masterpiece of fear and loathing".
He pointed out how the quiet sense of foreboding at the beginning of the film grows, until the viewer experiences "a punishing assault on the senses". It has often been described as one of the scariest films of all time. The site's critical consensus states, "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.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is considered one of the greatest—and most controversial—horror films of all time,   and a major influence on the genre. Leatherface has gained a reputation as a significant character in the horror genre,   responsible for establishing the use of conventional tools as murder weapons and the image of a large, silent killer devoid of personality.
Critic Christopher Sharrett argues that since Alfred Hitchcock 's Psycho and The Birds , the American horror film has been defined by the questions it poses "about the fundamental validity of the American civilizing process",  concerns amplified during the s by the "delegitimation of authority in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate ". Robin Wood characterizes Leatherface and his family as victims of industrial capitalism, their jobs as slaughterhouse workers having been rendered obsolete by technological advances.
In Kim Newman 's view, Hooper's presentation of the Sawyer family during the dinner scene parodies a typical American sitcom family: the gas station owner is the bread-winning father figure; the killer Leatherface is depicted as a bourgeois housewife; the hitchhiker acts as the rebellious teenager.
The underlying themes of the film have been the subject of extensive critical discussion ; critics and scholars have interpreted it as a paradigmatic exploitation film in which female protagonists are subjected to brutal, sadistic violence.
In one study, a group of men were shown five films depicting differing levels of violence against women. According to Jesse Stommel of Bright Lights Film Journal , the lack of explicit violence in the film forces viewers to question their own fascination with violence that they play a central role in imagining.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been described as "the ultimate pro- vegetarian film" due to its animal rights themes. In a video essay, film critic Rob Ager describes the irony in humans being slaughtered for meat, putting humans in the position of being slaughtered like farm animals.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has appeared on various home video formats. The film has been followed by seven other films to date, including sequels, prequels and remakes. The first sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 , was considerably more graphic and violent than the original and was banned in Australia for 20 years before it was released on DVD in a revised special edition in October While briefly acknowledging the events of the preceding two sequels, its plot makes it a virtual remake of the original.
A seventh film, Texas Chainsaw 3D , was released on January 4, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For the remake, see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. For the film franchise, see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Theatrical release poster. Kim Henkel Tobe Hooper. Marilyn Burns Paul A.
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