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-> ''"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."''
-->-- '''Narrator (John Laroquette)'''.

''The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'' is a seminal slasher film by Creator/TobeHooper, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on the "true" story]] about [[DeadlyRoadTrip a group of teenagers traveling]] through rural Texas, who happen upon a secluded old house inhabited by the world's most horrifying family -- in particular a disturbed young man with an interest in leather masks and amateur butchery. The film was completed in 1973 and released on October 1st, 1974.

Hooper initially took his inspiration for the film from the real-life serial killer Ed Gein (who was also the inspiration for ''Film/{{Psycho}}'''s Norman Bates, and later for Buffalo Bill of ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'') and based the character Leatherface on him.

The film was produced on a budget of $140,000, and Hooper cast mainly unknown actors from the local Texan population. When it was completed, Hooper struggled to find a distributor, due to the graphic depictions of violence (although the film is not ''nearly'' as bloody as its reputation suggests.) The movie was ultimately rated R, instead of the PG rating Hooper had intended.

Controversial upon release, the film was a success and went on to spawn [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre a franchise]].

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!!"The Texas Trope Massacre":

* AbusiveParents: The Old Man is the parental figure to Nubbins and Leatherface and he beats both of them. When Leatherface assures him [[spoiler: that all the teenagers are dead and can’t go to the police]], he beats Leatherface anyway for ruining the door.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Leatherface keeps up with Sally (who is sprinting as fast as she can) despite being 6'7, well over 300 pounds, and carrying a chainsaw.
** In the Pioneer Special Edition DVD Commentary, Gunnar Hansen, Leatherface's actor, revealed that he had to intentionally slow himself and provide distractions such as sawing tree branches because of how slow Sally's actress ran. Multiple reshoots were required because he kept catching her.
* AlterEgoActing: Leatherface has 3 personalities depending on which outfit he’s wearing. There’s his normal mask and apron which he uses while cutting meat and chasing people. There’s his old lady and dress outfit which he wears while cleaning up and greeting his returning family. Finally there’s his makeup mask and suit that he wears for dinner with the family.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Sally genuinely loves her brother, but he does seem to get on her nerves a lot.
* AxeBeforeEntering: Leatherface cuts his way through a door to get Sally. His ''own'' [[BlackComedy door]].
** Lampshaded by Drayton (The Cook). He is not pleased at all and beats his brother for it.
* BadSamaritan: When it seems that Sally has made it into safety from Leatherface in the gas station, its owner [[BoundAndGagged binds and gags her]], [[BagOfKidnapping stuffs her in a bag]] and brings her to his family's house.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Sally makes it out alive and the killers will probably be caught, but everyone else is dead and there's no way she'll be mentally well after all she's been through.]]
** [[spoiler: As shown in [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 the sequel]] the family is still roaming free several years later.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: While not exactly bloodless, the film is light on gore for the most part, exceptions being the harm done to hands and Hitchhiker's death.
* BlowingARaspberry: Twice:
** Nubbins (The Hitchhiker) does it several times to taunt the kids as the van speeds away.
** Franklin does it many times to the other kids upstairs while he's stuck on the first floor.
* BuryYourDisabled: The wheelchair-bound Franklin gets a chainsaw into his guts. And if [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 the sequel]] says anything, looks like he also got it to the face too.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Franklin just can’t catch a break, besides being in a wheelchair he also rolls down a hill while trying to pee, then he gets his arm sliced by the hitchhiker’s straight razor, then he is taunted by his friends about the hitchhiker coming to get him, he also gets stuck while trying to move around the house and finally [[spoiler: he is sliced and diced while stuck in his chair and becomes the only person killed by Chainsaw in the movie]].
--> '''Franklin:''' If I have any more fun today I don't think I can take it!
* CannibalClan: The family turning people into meat products.
* CannibalLarder: Probably the TropeCodifier.
* CarFu: Nubbins gets driven over by a truck.
* ChainsawGood: Leatherface's weapon of choice, which he uses in the [[ChaseScene chase scenes]] and cutting up the captured meat. However, he actually has a higher body count with the sledgehammer.
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Averted, compared to later slasher films as only 5 characters including villains explicitly die.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Played as straight as possible, as three of the protagonists meet their end by wandering into the maniacs' house.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Sally is saved from certain doom by ''two'' passing motorists, the 18 wheeler driver gets The Hitchhiker off her back (literally) and the pickup truck driver saves her from Leatherface.]]
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Sort of inverted. At the start of the film the dialogue sets up the themes of the film pretty well, and Franklin looks like he's going to be a pretty interesting lead character. But as soon as they leave the van he becomes a bitter crybaby and everyone else shamelessly treats him like shit. Aside from Jerry, who is shown to be far more articulate and intelligent than his friends, no other characters have their personalities explored at all.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There are very strong parallels to the meat industry. Sally and her friends are livestock, they are led into the slaughterhouse (with the other four following after the first), they are treated with unnecessary cruelty and they are eaten. The three maniacs represent different positions in the process. The hitchhiker is the farmer who brands them (the blood on the van), Leatherface is the slaughterhouse worker who kills and butchers them and the cook only works with the final product and dislikes the killing process.
* DropTheHammer:
** Leatherface bashes Kirk's and Jerry's heads in with a sledgehammer.
** Later, Grandpa tries to kill Sally with a hammer.
* DumbMuscle: Leatherface is not very bright and implied to be mentally handicapped.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The relative lack of {{Gorn}} arguably counts, as every other film in the franchise would live up to the bloody sounding name.
** Leatherface wearing multiple masks, as Gunnar Hansen and Tobe Hooper claimed in interviews this was done as a means of expression due to his lack of personality. Later films seemed to imply he wore masks as a means of covering a facial deformity.
* EvilLaugh: An entire sequence in the film just has the family laughing maniacally at the bound Sally's expense.
* {{Fainting}}: Sally faints when she sees Grandpa sucking blood from her fingertip.
* FatIdiot: Leatherface is a 300 pound killer who suffers from mental retardation.
* FinalGirl: Sally ends up being the sole survivor to confront the family.
* {{Fingore}}: The finger slicing scene, which was actually done for real, after the blood pumping machine broke.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Hitchhiker talks about how the sledgehammer is a better method of killing the animals in the slaughterhouse. The first member of the group to die gets killed with a sledgehammer and it is ''not'' pretty.
** The gas station attendant also mentions that it's a bad idea to just go into people's houses, especially since the owner might not take kindly to it. [[spoiler: This is exactly how and why the first two deaths happen, even though the conversation was about a different house.]]
** Franklin describes (in hideous detail) how some of the slaughterhouse cattle would twitch and convulse after being hit with the sledgehammer. [[spoiler:Exactly how Kirk dies when Leatherface cracks his head open with a hammer.]]
* GoodSamaritan:
** An unnamed trucker plows down Nubbins to save Sally as he begins to slash her. He then knocks Leatherface down with a pipe wrench before fleeing.
** Another one appears within minutes: a young man driving a pickup truck comes across the melee, and has the presence of mind to whip around, slow down so Sally can jump into the bed of his truck, and then speed away to escape.
* {{Gorn}}: Famously averted despite what old reviews would have you believe. While not bloodless, it is fairly light on blood in contrast to most slasher films.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Purposefully invoked when Pam is hung on the meathook. Hooper was seeking to cut down violent content to try to get a better rating, so he opted not to show the impalement. Instead, he established her wearing a shirt with no back, emphasized the hook and showed splatters of blood in the room. As he said, "The mind fills in the gaps for you." Other scenes in the film, such as Franklin's murder, make use of this as well.
* GraveRobbing: Hitchhiker's hobbies include unearthing corpses and making grisly art, trinkets and furniture from them.
* HellIsThatNoise: The flashbulb of a camera never sounded so horrifying.
** A case could also be made for the noise the steel door to the abattoir room makes when Leatherface slams it shut. Not to mention the chainsaw itself.
** As they go to look for Jerry, Franklin mentions three times that he hears something nearby. [[spoiler: It's Leatherface, who appears and prompty carves him to death as Sally looks on in terror.]]
* HostileHitchhiker: The hitchhiker travels with the group for a bit and start talking about his family who worked at the old slaughterhouse. He borrows Franklin's pocket-knife and cuts himself, then takes a Polaroid picture of the others and demands money for it. When they refuse to pay, he burns the photo and slashes Franklin's arm with a straight razor. The group forces him out of the van and drive on.
* IronicEcho: Sally tells The Hitchhiker that they can't drive him all the way home because they're in a hurry, later when she is tied up in his house he taunts her and says "I thought you was in a hurry!".
* LaughingMad: Sally at the end when she makes her escape.
* MadeOfIron: On top of being huge, strong and psychotic, Leatherface is ''extremely'' resilient. A pipe wrench to the face, followed by a deep chainsaw wound, only slows him down for a moment.
** He's soon up and twirling around on a chainsawed leg.
* MaleGaze: Pam's red shorts get a lot of camera shots.
* ManChild: Nubbins. From blowing raspberries, to howling at the dinner table, to poking Sally (in a "is this bugging you?" childlike way).
* MeaningfulName: Leatherface is a member of the Sawyer family; a ''sawyer'' is a person who uses a chainsaw.
** Some sources have also noted its resemblance to "Sawney", as in the (probably-aprocyphal) cannibal clan led by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawney_Bean Sawney Bean]] in mediæval Scotland.
* NoNameGiven / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Two of the murderers are just listed as "Hitchhiker" and "Old Man" in the credits, and as for the third, "Leatherface" is obviously not his real name. The sequel established that their names are Nubbins, Drayton, and Bubba, respectively.
* ThePatriarch: Grandpa Sawyer is treated as one, even if his best days are far over.
* PeriodPiece: The 70s: the music, bell bottoms, medallions, florid button-downs, VW Microbus, hippies (although the kids seem a bit more like 60's hippies).
* PetTheDog: Drayton (The Cook) Sawyer tries to somewhat comfort Sally a few times, but averted by the fact he fully intends to kill her that evening.
** This could be a touch of FridgeHorror. Drayton may be the "compassionate" kind of slaughterhouse worker who wants to treat the cattle kindly before killing them.
* PromotionToParent: The Old Man is not Nubbins and Leatherface’s father but he acts like it, holding a steady job, and beating them when they mess up.
* ScreamingWoman: Sally spends the the final third of the film screaming her head off.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Jerry. Perfectly understandable, given what Leatherface is [[DropTheHammer about to do.]]
* SickeningCrunch: [[spoiler: Kirk's death by sledgehammer.]]
* SlasherSmile: Leatherface pulls these of few times. It's little hard to see thanks to the mask but if you look closely when he licks his teeth, you can see that he smirks while doing it.
** Nubbins pulls off a few doozies, too.
* SpidersAreScary: Kirk notices a cluster of Daddy Long-Legs' in a corner of a room, and is spooked.
* SuperWindowJump: Sally escapes the maniacs' house twice by jumping through a window.
* TechnicalPacifist: Maybe there's a better trope to describe it but The Old Man participates in beating, kidnapping, and torturing Sally but in his own words he "Just can't take no pleasure in killing, there's just some things you gotta do, don't mean you have to like it."
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Leatherface cuts into [[spoiler: Franklin]] with the chainsaw five times, once would have been fine.
* TooDumbToLive: Arguably subverted, unlike most slasher films; the first of the group to die displays a morbid curiosity about the house, and tentatively enters ''not knowing'' about the killer inside. The rest understandably follow in search of their missing friends as each one disappears.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: This story is actually an amalgamation of three different elements. The famed necrophile/not-quite-SerialKiller Ed Gein, the legendary Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean and his clan (who probably never really existed) and Creator/TobeHooper's fantasies of mowing down shoppers at K-Mart with a chainsaw while he was trapped in the hardware department by the crush of the holiday crowds.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sally is helped by the driver of an 18 wheeler who leaves his vehicle behind, smacks Leatherface with a wrench, and runs down the road, never to be seen again.
* WrenchWhack: A truck driver throws a wrench at Leatherface which knocks him down and makes him cut himself with his chainsaw.
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