Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Lists: Horror, 40 Years Ago - 1974, Traumatizing Films

Brief Synopsis: "En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills..."

Overall Ranking: 970 (Rank from 1974: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 42.86%
Regular 28.57%
Half-Popped 28.57%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Gruesome Hertzogg100
Steve Habrat98.5(full review)
Colin Flanagan83.6 - A great horror film that might disgust, but brings thrills.
Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 5
David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch80 - Tobe Hooper's vision lays down the architecture for the modern crop of slashers so perfectly that, even without anything else, it would be enough to turn this slasher into something of an icon.
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 6
Cinephile Catherine61
Morgan On Media43(full review)

People Involved

  • Allen Danziger (Jerry)
  • Paul A. Partain (Franklin Hardesty)
  • William Vail (Kirk)
  • Teri McMinn (Pam)
  • Edwin Neal (Hitchhiker)
  • Jim Siedow (Old Man)
  • Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface)
  • Marilyn Burns (Sally Hardesty)
  • Tobe Hooper (Director)