Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA - prints
1.85 : 1
Film Negative Format:
16 mm - Kodak 7252 Ektachrome
Printed Film Format:
Franklin: They just shoot a bullet in their head, and then retract it. It's just BOOM-shht-BOOM-shht. Sally: Franklin, I like meat, please change the subject!
Old Man: I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it.
Franklin: I think we just picked up Dracula.
Old Man: Look what your brother did to the door! Ain't got no, no pride in his home!
Franklin: If I have any more fun today I don't think I can take it!
Marilyn Burns, whose character was chased by Leatherface through the undergrowth actually cut herself on the branches quite badly, so a lot of the blood on her body and clothes is real.
Director Tobe Hooper based Leatherface on mass-murderer Ed Gein, who was arrested in 1957.
The brand name on Leatherface's chainsaw is hidden by duct tape in order to avoid a lawsuit.
The movie wasn't released in Australia until the early 1980s.
The film was banned by the British film censors in 1975, but, it did get a limited cinema release, thanks to various city councils. It was banned again in 1977, when the censors' attempts to cut it were unsuccessful, (for the purposes of a wider release), then it was banned again in 1984, due to the growing controversy involving 'video nasties'. In 1999, after the censors finally changed their policy, they took the plunge, and passed it uncut, for the cinema and video, after 25 years, since they first banned it.
DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)
Edition: Pioneer Video
Description: Alternate takes of decomposed body
Go to a deleted scene where they have some flashing shots of decomposed skeletons cut from the flashing light dead body scene at beginning of the movie. Play the deleted scene until the end.(Do not press stop or go back to maim menu). After deleted scene is finished it has part 2 of the deleted takes also showing all the explainations highlight play and enter to see the alternate takes of the decomposed graveyard body.