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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Directed by Tobe Hooper
United States, 1974


Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas are terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer. One by one, they wander into the murderous clutches of Leatherface and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Directed by Tobe Hooper
Once I got my lightweight self to catch up on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, I couldn’t help but be enthralled by it as a work of sensory cinema. It is a question of form—and of format—and the grainy, saturated, menacingly askew compositions of Tobe Hooper’s midnight classic can harsh your high even before the sound and image ratchet up to an onslaught.
December 28, 2018
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Few films are as unshakeable as the original Chain Saw, which manages to get more terrifying with each subsequent viewing.
December 14, 2018
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For those who still haven’t seen it—likely because of the brute implications of that title—it’s both as repulsive as the title suggests and somehow transcendent of the cheapness it implies. This kind of nerve shredding can only be accomplished through a tremendous amount of care, and that Hooper was able to fold layers of dark humor into the film while never once short-circuiting its full-throttle suspense is further testament to a singular talent.
October 30, 2017
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