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.