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YMMV: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: A frequent criticism of the film is that it's gory. While certainly a grim horror movie, there's really not that much gore, as the most violent acts take place off-screen. It's relatively bloodless - especially when compared to succeeding TCM movies.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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.
  • 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 classics 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.

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