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


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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
 


Cast:

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

Crew:

Jim Crow
production assistant
Tobe Hooper
additional photographer
Lynn Lockwood
lighting
 
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:
Color
Cinematographic Process:
Spherical
Laboratory:
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

Quotes:

  • Franklin: I think we just picked up Dracula.
     
  • Franklin: If I have any more fun today I don't think I can take it!
     
  • 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: Look what your brother did to the door! Ain't got no, no pride in his home!
     
  • 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.
     

Trivia:

  • When it was first released, the film was so horrifying that people actually walked out on sneak previews for it
     
  • The brand name on Leatherface's chainsaw is hidden by duct tape in order to avoid a lawsuit.
     
  • Director Tobe Hooper based Leatherface on mass-murderer Ed Gein, who was arrested in 1957.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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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