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
I've never seen this. Everyone raved about it. It was a very good horror movie. The last 30 minutes are extremely good. And it was shot on dirt-cheap 15 mm film stock; the blu-ray still managed to upll out detail. There was fine detail in close-ups which I didn't think would be possible. It's a pretty clean transfer and the sound was quite good too. Recommended.
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is a film that will stay with you for life. Forget about the sequels and remakes etc.; Tobe Hooper's original is still the best. There is a reason why this film is so respected among horror fans.
Glad they sent the right one this time. When I first ordered it I received some chapter 2 directors cut edition that obviously wasn't a steelbook so I returned it and ordered this agsim and I'm glad I finally received the right one.
Iconic. Simply put, Iconic. For anyone that hasn't watched it, dont hesitate & dont let the remakes / reputation make you think it was a gorefest like today's movies. It wasn't, and surprisingly, just as effective. True classic.
This more stripped down single disc remastered version is good for those fans that prefer not to pay a premium price for the more expansive sets. While I'm not much of a fan of the film overall, the quality put into this release is undeniable.