Sally, (Marilyn Burns) her handicapped brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and three friends head out to inspect the gravesite of her family that might have been picked apart by graverobbers. They are sidetracked when they enter into a world of terror. One by one, they wander into the murderous clutches of a family of cannibals, Leatherface, and his trusty chainsaw.
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is simply one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Yes, some things look cheesy but I am sure it looks even worse on blu-ray or 4K but that's irrelevant to me. When I was a kid this film shook me more than most horror movies. It was a horror movie I had never seen before and one that barley has a happy ending. Hollywood has tried to re-create the magic that this film has and I can honestly say that although I do not hate the remakes, I am not a fan either. The modern versions are just missing something that can't be compared to the original.
The acting is pretty good and The cinematography and lighting add to the film's dirty, grimy feel. Imagine being a kid and renting this film from Blockbuster and putting the VHS tape in and watching what looks like a homemade video. That's exactly what it looked like.
'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is one of the quintessential horror movies of all time, and helped establish the modern era of horror. Gunnar Hansen's performance as Leatherface would eventually serve as the prototype for many of the slashers of the late ’70s and early ’80s. I am not sure how kids today would take to watching the original TCM. They might think it's silly, campy, or just stupid. Times have changed and the audience has changed. For me this film still holds up as it's simply a classic and one of the films that got me really into the horror genre. After all it is Halloween month so TCM has to be on your list. The film spawned many sequels and re-makes but for me, nothing compares to the original.