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(The Texas Chain Saw Massacre/ Leatherface/
Stalking Leatherface/


Directed by:  Tobe Hooper

DVD Information
Back of Box:
This is the bizarre and tragically gruesome account of what happened to five young friends one summer afternoon in rural Texas.  After hearing reports of grave robbing, the group sets out to check on a family grave.  Soon after, one-by-one they wander into the murderous clutches of Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a frightening classic that possesses an undying power to terrorize audiences again and again.  It's ability to truly horrify is so strong that when the movie first opened, some people actually walked out in a state of shock.
Special Features:
  • A new widescreen Digital Superscan transfer supervised by Director Tobe Hooper
  • New stereo surround soundtrack re-mix supervised by Director Tobe Hooper
  • Original mono soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Director Tobe Hooper, Director of Photography Daniel Pearl, and star Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface)
  • Deleted scenes and alternate footage
  • Blooper reel
  • Original theatrical trailers and television spots trailers for other films in the "Chainsaw" series
  • Posters and collectibles
  • Still photos

Rated:  R

Run Time:  84 Minutes

Cast List

Marilyn Burns...Sally Hardestry
Allen Danziger...Jerry
Paul A. Partain...Franklin Hardestry
William Vail...Kirk
Teri McMinn...Pam
Edwin Neal...The Hitchhiker
Jim Siedow...Old Man
Gunnar Hansen...Leatherface
John Dugan...Grandpa
Robert Courtin...Window Washer
William Creamer...Bearded Man
John Henry Faulk...Storyteller
Jerry Green...Cowboy
Ed Guinn...Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan...Drunk
Perry Lorenz...Pickup Driver
John Larroquette...Voice
  • Filming Location(s)Austin, Texas, Bastrop, Texas, Round Rock, Texas, and Bagdad Cemetery: Leander, Texas.
  • Alternate Tagline(s)The idyllic summer's day that became a nightmare of fear and blood, It Really Happened.  It's Terrifying.  It's Here, For them, and idyllic summer afternoon became their worst nightmare, Nothing Cuts Like the Original, Can you survive.../ happened, For five young friends, a typical afternoon drive becomes a terrifying nightmare, What happened is true.  Now the motion picture that's just as real, America's Most Bizarre and Brutal Crimes, and Before Halloween...Before Friday the 13th...Before Scream...There Was the Saw.
  • When Sally is being chased by Leatherface through the undergrowth, she actually cuts herself on the branches quite badly.  A lot of the blood on her clothes and body is real.
  • When Pam gets hung on the meat hook she was actually held up by a nylon chord that came up between her legs.
  • During the "dinner" scene, Leatherface cuts Sally's finger.  However, since the crew couldn't get the fake blood to come out of the tube behind the blade, he really does cut her finger.
  • This film wasn't released in Australia until the early 1980s.
  • Director Tobe Hooper claims to have gotten the idea for the film standing in a crowded hardware section.  While thinking of a way to get through the crowd, he spotted the chainsaws.
  • When it was first released, people got so horrified, they would actually walk out on sneak previews.
  • The chainsaw used in the film was a Poulan 306A.  They covered the Poulan logo with a piece of black tape to avoid any possible lawsuits.
  • There was a family still living in the house used in the film.  They rented the house to the film crew and continued to stay there the entire shoot.
  • To study up on Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen went to a school for the mentally challenged.  He wanted to see how they moved and talked.
  • Leatherface had "lines" in the script.  They were mostly gibberish with little side notes indicating what he was trying to say.
  • Leatherface's teeth were prosthesis made especially for Gunnar Hansen by his dentist.
  • The effect used when Leatherface cut his leg is simple.  The actor wore a metal plate over his leg, a piece of meat and a blood bag were place on top of that, and then the chainsaw did its thing.
  • Hooper used a stunt double when Sally jumps out the window.  However, Marilyn Burns ended up hurting her self shooting the insert for her landing.
  • Entertainment Weekly voted this the second scariest film ever made.
  • There was originally a two week filming schedule.  Ultimately it took four weeks to film.
  • Despite the title, only one person in the film is killed with a chainsaw.


  • The blood the hitchhiker smears on the van is gone in the long shot a few seconds later.
  • When the van pulls into the service station, the cook comes out.  On the door there is a red open sign, later it's gone.

Personal History

  • Watched this film at a friend's house one time.  During the chase through the woods (Between Leatherface and Sally) someone started up a chainsaw outside the window I was sitting by.  I nearly shat myself.
  • Watched this film with my brother and my dad.  Half way through the film, both of them left the room because they didn't like it (Blasphemy).

Don't Move, Don't Breathe, and Whatever You Do...DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU!