YMMV / The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
First Installment Wins: The only film in its franchise universally agreed to be good and a classic in the horror genre.
Harsher in Hindsight: The fact that this movie was released in 1974, "74" as in also ironically the same number as the age its director Tobe Hooper has passed away at.
Moment of Awesome: The driver of the 18-wheeler at the end actually smacks Leatherface in the head with a wrench. He's then seen running away afterward, meaning that not only did he actually hurt Leatherface, but he probably lived to tell about it.
Most Annoying Sound: Sally's constant screaming in the latter part of the film can really grate on the viewer's nerves after a while.
Retroactive Recognition: That narrator in the opening text scroll was a then-unknown John Larroquette.
The Scrappy: Franklin for his morbid personality, incessant bitching, and just being The Load in general. Yes, he's handicapped, but that doesn't excuse him acting like a Jerk Ass so often.
Although he also does have his fans, who praise him for at least having a distinct personality unlike the other protagonists.
"Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Later films in the series would live up to the series blood-spattered reputation. This film, however, is largely bloodless.
Signature Scene: Leatherface twirling around, waving his chainsaw in frustration as he realizes his victim got away.
Tough Act to Follow: Both within the film series and for its director.
Vindicated by History: While the film was a success at the box office it received negative to mixed reviews from critics. Decades later, it's now seen as a classic and respected for its bloodless depictions of the murders and seen as one of the earliest and more respectable entries in the Slasher Movie genre.