A group of friends traveling through Texas are hunted down
by a vicious chainsaw-wielding killer and his cannibal family.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Written by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper
Starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Gunnar Hansen, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow
This was the film that gave the slasher subgenre the respect it deserved, and created a horror icon in the process. The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is nothing short of a horror classic that has remained disturbing and uncomfortable for decades. Made on a shoestring budget in the boiling hot Texas desert, this film has stood the test of time and is far superior to any sequel, remake, or reboot.
Meet Leatherface, a vicious cannibal psychopath who chases down his prey with a chainsaw. Gunnar Hansen was the first to wear his iconic mask made from human flesh, and his unintelligible grunts and unusually fast speed make him a force to be reckoned with. Of course, his insane family is just as terrifying. The infamous dinner table scene has gone down in horror history for a reason. It is still unnerving and freakish, as is any scene involving blatant cannibalism.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a timeless classic that every horror fan has on their shelf. It gave the horror world Leatherface, who may not be as charming as Freddy Krueger or as relentless as Jason Voorhees, but has maintained a level of brutality and menace that is still terrifying to this day. Tobe Hooper's vicious debut will forever scare and disturb film fans, so long as they're ready to watch.