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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Special Edition)

Marilyn Burns , Edwin Neal , Tobe Hooper    R (Restricted)   DVD
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This sensational, extremely influential, 1974 low-budget horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Lifeforce, Salem's Lot), may be notorious for its title, but it's also a damn fine piece of moviemaking. And it's blood-curdling scary, too. Loosely based on the true crimes of Ed Gein (also a partial inspiration for Psycho), the original Jeffrey Dahmer, Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of teenagers who pick up a hitchhiker and wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented cannibalistic family, including a character known as Leatherface who maniacally wields one helluva chainsaw. The movie's powerful sense of dread is heightened by its grainy, semi-documentary style--but it also has a wicked sense of humor (and not that camp, self-referential variety that became so tiresome in subsequent horror films of the '70s, '80s, and '90s). OK, in case you couldn't tell, it's "not for everyone." But as a landmark in the development of the horror/slasher genre, it ranks with Psycho, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. --Jim Emerson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting piece of filmmaking July 4 2010
This is one the most dividing movies in film history. You either love this film or hate it, there is no middle ground. I know people who hate this movie with a passion, I on the other hand view it as one the most influential horror films ever. The first I viewed it was when I was 10 years old and watched it again recently and it still has the same effect. You watch it with a level of dismay and nausea, it will leave you feeling jittery and drained.

The documentary "The Shocking Truth" is very informative with insight into the filmmakers and the shooting of the movie. There's a also a featurette about the house where TCM was filmed is now a restaurant. Odd to say the least.

If you like the movie then buy the Ultimate Edition. If you dislike it, there's nothing that I can mention to change your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the All Time Horror Greats June 3 2004
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is about a group of five people which runs afoul of a psychopathic family of cannibals living in the Texas hinterlands. The film inspires dread and nervousness right from the start with unsettling music and little hints of bad things yet to come such as a horoscope and a drunk old man both predicting awful things. It also gives several moments of absolute shock and terror. The first appearance of Leatherface (the chainsaw wielding psycho who wears a mask of sewed-together skin) ranks right up there with the infamous shower scene from Psycho. Surprisingly, though, there is very little gore in this film. Most of the shocking action either takes place behind closed doors or in the background. The viewer is left to fill in the awful details with his/her imagination. The grainy film stock used to shoot the movie actually works to the film's advantage in that it gives the whole thing a documentary sort of feel, something clearly meant by the somber narration at the beginning of the film which states what the viewer is seeing is real.
If you want a real scare, this is the film for you. Ignore the horrid recent remake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) May 21 2004
Director: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal.
Running Time: 83 minutes.
Rated R for extreme violence and mild language.
Director Tobe Hooper's defining moment as a film creator took place about twenty-five minutes into "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". In this scene, a happy-go-lucky teenager, who forsees himself getting laid later that night, stumbles inside an old farmhouse in search for directions to a lake. As he walks into the house, he trips and falls at the feet of Leatherface, the cannibalistic maniac that captures people for his family to eat. Leatherface proceeds to bash his head and face with a hammer and drags him into the kitchen, shuts the door quickly, and the audience if left to hear a resounding "grrrr" from the scratchy soundtrack. The scene sets the tone for the entire film, if not Hooper's entire career.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" revolves around a group of young adults who are investigating the grave diggings of some of their relatives. While they are staying at their grandparents' cottage out in the middle of no where, they are tormented by a chainsaw wielding freak who wears past victim's skin as a mask. The overall premise is disturbing, twisted, and halfway stupid, but Hooper creates great tension and incorporates a diabolically shrieking score to send chills down viewers' backs.
While the film is as influential as any to the horror genre, along with "The Exorcist" and "Halloween", this classic is unique compared to many films because of the theatrical presence that it had--which is obviously lost on video or DVD. Truly terrifying during its day, slightly more comical in the present. One of the best horror films of the middle 1970s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beats the original! Sept. 12 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I had watched the newest Chainsaw Massacre and wondered what the original version was like. I am a movie buff and think that originals are always the better movie (kind of like saying a book is always better of than the movie). This version may not have the affects of the newer one but it certianly did not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One That Started It All... June 5 2013
I saw this at a fairly young age, 9 or 10 years old, which in my opinion is young for the violence & gore this movie contains, maybe other people feel differently. I remember renting this, my friend & I were so excited because we had finally found the original that started it all.

The movie itself is creepy & disturbing, it's raw & feels quite real. Leatherface is a well known horror character & you'll understand why after seeing this, who could forget the man chasing after people with a chainsaw & then wearing their skin, creepy stuff!

The DVD was super cheap when I bought it, only $3 on amazon.com. I'd never intended to buy this movie because I remembered being a bit disturbed by it, but being the horror fan that I am & the low price, I thought it was a good addition to my collection. The case is really cool & sturdy, I like it. I haven't watched any of the Special Features, but I'm sure they are interesting for all of you Leatherface fans out there.

If you're a fan of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) then I highly recommend getting this version, like I said before, the case is great & unlike all others out there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: DVD Not Playable Due to Region Code
Not one commenter that I saw ever mentioned this very important piece of information and to top it off, Amazon's Region Code info indicating Region 2 is wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RemlackOfficer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
great movie, i love how its always thrown in conversations with the greats like halloween and hellraiser and nightmare on elm street but sets itself apart from all the others... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sorpse
4.0 out of 5 stars A true story base on Ed Gein? Get real!
Why would people think this movie is base on Ed Gein when I do not agree to their oppinion? I must assure you that in real life in August 18, 1973 there are no chainsaw murderers... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars An artsy classic
This is by far one of the best horror movies I've ever seen. The eerie realism, the vegetarian symbolism, the acting, the directing of Tobe Hooper... oh, I love it. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2009 by Neko
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saw is Family
During my first exposure to this film I was really, really happy with it. I had never in my life seen anything like this. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2006 by TekkenLord666
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a very promising re-release!
No need to review the film itself, of course, so I'm only going to mention how stoked I am for this "Ultimate 2-Disc Edition" DVD release. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2006 by Greg Enright
5.0 out of 5 stars If you didn't like this movie, you just don't get "it"
A truly mind bending piece of work, place yourself in the shoes of those kids and imagine what it must have been like...and is like for so many victims of violent crime. Read more
Published on April 26 2005 by G. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Teen Horror Film
Alright, at the time that I wrote this review (wow, I am talking in the past tense about something I am still doing), there were 508 other reviews (read them, most of them get the... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by P. Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Very disturbing
Imagine being in the middle of nowhere, and your friends go away and don't come back. What should you do? Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Anders Nissen
4.0 out of 5 stars good, disturbing movie
This is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen, but it is a great movie. The movie itself is 5 stars, I gave it 4 stars because of the dvd. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by "georgemonkey"
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