Film: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Who will survive and what will be left of them?The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
is a seminal slasher film by Tobe Hooper
, based on the "true" story
about 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 released in 1974.
Hooper initially took his inspiration for the film from the real-life serial killer Ed Gein (who was also the inspiration for Psycho
's Norman Bates, and later for Buffalo Bill of The Silence of the Lambs
) 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.
Despite the controversy it caused, the film was a success and spawned a franchise
"The Texas Trope Massacre":