The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Who will survive and what will be left of them?
( Crime / Horror / Thriller )

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Poster

US Runtime: 83 min

Premiere Date:
Oct 01, 1974   [USA]
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Kim Henkel   [story]
Tobe Hooper   [story]
Producers: Kim Henkel   [Associate Producer]
Tobe Hooper   [Producer]
Jay Parsley   [Executive Producer]
Lou Peraino   [Producer]
Richard Saenz   [Associate Producer]
Music by Wayne Bell
Tobe Hooper
Production Design:
Production Company: Vortex


Marilyn Burns
Sally Hardesty
Allen Danziger
Paul A. Partain
Franklin Hardesty
William Vail
Teri McMinn
Edwin Neal
Jim Siedow
Old Man
Gunnar Hansen
John Dugan
Robert Courtin
Window Washer
John Henry Faulk
Ed Guinn
Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan
Perry Lorenz
Pick Up Driver
John Larroquette


Jim Crow
production assistant
Tobe Hooper
additional photographer
Lynn Lockwood
J. Michael McClary
assistant camera
Lou Perryman
assistant camera

Miscellaneous Companies:

Consolidated Film Industries
titles and opticals
Todd-AO Studios
sound mixing

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

Color Info:
Cinematographic Process:
Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA - prints
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1
Film Negative Format:
16 mm - Kodak 7252 Ektachrome
Printed Film Format:
35 mm


  • Old Man: Look what your brother did to the door! Ain't got no, no pride in his home!
  • 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: Those girls... those girls don't wanna go messin' round no old house!
  • Franklin: If I have any more fun today I don't think I can take it!
  • 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.


  • The actor whose character was hung up on a meat hook was actually held up by a nylon cord that went between her legs, causing a great deal of pain.
  • Tobe Hooper was originally aiming to get a PG rating for the film.
  • When it was first released, the film was so horrifying that people actually walked out on sneak previews for it
  • Actor John Larroquette is the voice of the narrator.
  • During the dinner scene towards the end of the film, when Leatherface cuts the girl's finger, he actually does cut her finger because they couldn't get the fake blood to come out of the tube behind the blade

DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)

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