Tobe Hooper's influential cult classic continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and "career" of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, which began with Alfred Hitchcock's own influential cult classic Psycho. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and several other friends together to see if grandpa's remains are still in one piece. While in the area, Sally and her friends decide to visit grandfather's old farmhouse. Unfortunately, a family of homicidal slaughterhouse workers who take their job home with them have taken over the house next door. Included amongst the brood is Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), a chainsaw-wielding human horror show who wears a face mask made out of human skin. Sally's friends are rapidly exterminated one-by-one by the next-door neighbors, leaving only Sally left to fight off Leatherface and his clan.~Paul Brenner
4 Feature Commentaries:
Writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, cinematographer Daniel Pearl
Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and production designer Robert Burns
NEW commentary with writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper
NEW commentary with cinematographer Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou
Collector's Edition Bonus Disc:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the shocking truth
Flesh Wounds: seven stories of the saw
A tour of the TCSM house with Gunnar Hansen
Off the Hook with Teri McMinn
The business of Chain Saw: an interview with production manager Ron Bozman
New deleted scenes & outtakes
Grandpa's Tales: an interview with John Dugan
Cutting Chain Saw: an interview with editor J. Larry Carroll
Can’t beat this one...kept me up for nights as a kid!!! Definitely one of THE classic horror movies! Guaranteed to give you chills and make you look around while watching! Oh...and hearing a chainsaw will NEVER be the same after this one!!!
This one is on most horror fans top lists and there’s god reason - to this day it still never fails to scare or sicken!
If you’ve never seen this it is imperative that you watch it immediately, not for Halloween, not on a rainy dark night - now!
I don’t buy into the marketing ploy of steel books but this was on sale and I was dying to see this.
Picture and sound about 4 out of 5
I purchased this movie for me and my daughter to watch together. We had watched the remake and I still do not think that it is as scary as the original. I remember being horrified by this movie when I was much younger and it still give you the same feels re-watching it many years later. Great movie and amazing quality on this Blu-ray. The case is pretty sexy as well being the steelbook version.
Crafted with a pitch black sense of humor and an unflinching eye for horror, TCM is a true classic. The Blu-Ray steelbook is a wonderful addition to any horror collector. The transfer and sound are top notch, and the design of the case looks great in any collection!
I’m glad I was able to find a copy of this. I am a big fan of the series but this original 1974 is way better than the other mediocre movies. Sometimes the classics are way better than the reboots. I recommend this to any horror fan.
The DVD steelbook case is really nice. The movie by far is one of my favorites in the horror genre. A classic that still sends chills down my back when travelling thru the Texas backroads. A must see for anyone into horror movies.
WOW. I've seen this movie before, everyone has; but this was a completely different experience!
The way I first watched it was on a beat up VHS, with all the warps, dirt, darkness and grain that that implies. It still creeped me out, and I had a good time. But now I can say this movie truly, deeply frightened me. The sound mix is so intense, the 4K remaster is so clean and in-your-face, it's like a truck bearing down on you for the entire runtime. I was so wrapped up in this beast that when the credits rolled, I found myself having a panic attack on my own couch! It's that much tension, it's that relentless! Now I fully understand why TCM is legendary; the original audience was just as terrified!
Don't settle for anything less than the best, and I tell you right here and now, this one is it.