It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse as well as raw, unshakable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. In 1974, writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper unleashed this dark, visionary tale about a group of five young friends, who face a nightmare of torment at the hands of a depraved Texas clan. Today, it remains unequaled as a landmark of outlaw film-making and unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.
The year is 1974. A group of five close friends are heading through the back roads of Texas en route to their grandfather’s potentially vandalized grave. Among them are Sally Hardesty, and her invalid brother Franklin. They encounter an unpleasant hitchhiker, who slashes both himself & Franklin with a knife. The others manage to eject the hitchhiker from the vehicle, but shortly afterward, they are forced to stop & wander over to a small, sinister clapboard house nearby in hopes for gas.
What none of them realize is that this house is the home of the ghoulish Leatherface and his evil, demented family of cannibalistic psychopaths. One at a time, the teens are murdered by the evil Leatherface in horrifying ways. Sally soon finds herself an involuntary guest at Leatherface’s home, and flees into the night to escape the demented cannibal and his loudly-buzzing chainsaw. Can she escape the grim fate that befell her friends & brother?
I thought this movie was awesome. It has just about everything you could ever want in a slasher type film. For the year it came out, I think this has to be the most graphic movie ever made, back then. I really wished they made more movies like this and not worry about how much special effects they can add into a film before making it look as fake as possible.
At the beginning of this movie, they show a “Based on a True Story” and a lot of people always wonder if this movie was real or not because of it. To clear this up, it’s based on the serial killer Ed Gein. He was known for removing skin from a victim and wearing it like how Leatherface does, in this movie. The only difference is Ed Gein only did that to one or two people, while Leatherface made it into his hobby and did it to a lot of victims. Ed Gein’s crimes were used in a number of films. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Silence of the Lambs are the most known movies to use his acts of crimes as the storyline or in the movie.
As for the acting, in this movie, I thought everyone, except Franklin (the kid in the wheelchair), did a good job. Franklin got really annoying, half way through the movie, when he called out Sally’s name about 50,000 times. I couldn’t wait for him to die, which is pretty bad. Though, I guess he did his part well, since it’s the screenwriter who made his character annoying.
The only thing I wished they did, with this movie, was show Leatherface a lot more. They didn’t show his face, as much as you would like to see. It’s probably the only downfall. Well, the ending was dragged out, as well. When Leatherface started chasing the girl, at the end, it went from a decent chase scene to drawn out. Other than that, the movie was great.
If you enjoy watching horror movies and haven’t seen this movie, I would recommend this to anyone. I’ve seen this movie so much that I gave up counting. It’s definitely worth buying, in my opinion.
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