(The Texas Chain Saw
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
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.
A new widescreen Digital Superscan transfer supervised by Director
New stereo surround soundtrack re-mix supervised by Director
Original mono soundtrack
Audio commentary featuring Director Tobe Hooper, Director of
Photography Daniel Pearl, and star Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface)
Deleted scenes and alternate footage
Original theatrical trailers and television spots trailers for
other films in the "Chainsaw" series
Posters and collectibles
Run Time: 84 Minutes
Marilyn Burns...Sally Hardestry
Paul A. Partain...Franklin Hardestry
Edwin Neal...The Hitchhiker
Jim Siedow...Old Man
Robert Courtin...Window Washer
William Creamer...Bearded Man
John Henry Faulk...Storyteller
Ed Guinn...Cattle Truck Driver
Joe Bill Hogan...Drunk
Perry Lorenz...Pickup Driver
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.../...it 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
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
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
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
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.
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).