The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Tobe Hooper (1974)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Time has not dimmed the shock value of this seminal classic from director Tobe Hooper that's based on the same real-life case that inspired Psycho. This scream-filled chiller, which was finally granted a certificate from the British Board of Film Classification for its 25th anniversary re-release, tells the story of five unfortunate Texas teenagers who come across a demented family of murderous cannibals. Hooper masterfully uses a documentary-style realism, coupled with the horror of anticipation and suggestion, to take the terror factor into stunning and disturbing areas. Low on gore (the three sequels aren't) and made on a micro-budget that adds to the harsh, gritty and creepy tone, this razor-sharp nightmare is a must-see for fans of the genre.


A teenager hears the cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been desecrated by grave robbers, so she and her friends go to investigate. However, they soon fall into the clutches of a family of inbred slaughterhouse workers who have taken over a nearby house and plan to kill and eat their captives. Tobe Hooper's horror, starring Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen.

Cast & Crew

Sally Marilyn Burns
Jerry Allen Danziger
Franklin Paul A Partain
Kirk William Vail
Pam Teri McMinn
Hitch-hiker Edwin Neal
Old man Jim Siedow
Leatherface Gunnar Hansen
Grandfather John Dugan
Director Tobe Hooper
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Blue Dolphin Film & VideoGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 May 1999