Trivia: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

  • Banned in China:
    • The film was banned in Finland for over twenty years.
    • It was also banned in the UK for having "Chain Saw" in the title. It was never on the official Video Nasties list, though it has at times been reported as such.
    • Banned in Germany for 25 years, save for a heavily censored version that lacked 12 minutes of film. The ban was lifted in 2012 after a three-year lawsuit carried on by the new rights holder.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Italian, Non aprite quella porta (Don't Open That Door).
    • Japanese, 悪魔のいけにえ (Akuma no Ikenie), Devil's Sacrifice.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • For the scene where Pam was hung up on a meathook, Teri McMinn was held there by nylon rope tied between her legs. The position ending up being extremely painful for her, and the screaming Pam does in the scene is genuine pain on the part of Teri.
    • When Leatherface cuts Sally's finger so Grandpa can drink her blood, the device attached to the knife that was supposed to squirt stage blood broke. Gunnar Hansen, already breaking down from having to film the scene (see Sanity Slippage), proceeded to cut Marilyn Burns' finger open for real in order to get the scene done.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The opening narration is voiced by John Larroquette (of Night Court, The John Larroquette Show, and Boston Legal fame). He did the opening narration of the remake as well.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In real life, Gunnar Hansen is regarded as an incredibly nice guy.
  • Sanity Slippage / Troubled Production: Happened for real while filming the infamous dinner scene. The food rotting under the filming lights and created a horrific smell, combined with that scene filming for 27 straight hours in 110 degree Texas weather, actually drove the actors a bit nuts. The DVD commentary has Gunnar Hansen eerily recounting how he genuinely wanted to kill Marilyn Burns for a few seconds after being ordered to by his "brother." Vietnam veteran Edwin Neal (Hitchhiker) even describes it as worse than anything he went through during the war.
  • Urban Legends: A persistent urban legend is that the movie's popularity was due to including subliminal messages telling viewers they loved the film.
  • Working Title: Leatherface and Head Cheese.