The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Written by Tobe Hooper and Kim Venues

Directed by Tobe Hooper

Starring Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Paul A. Partain, Teri McMinn, Allen Danzinger, William Vail and Gunman Hansen

Plot: Five friends traveling through Texas fall victim to a family of cannibals

Welcome to the family

Time for a bit of a divisive classic. Most people I have talked to about this movie have very strong opinions one way or the other. Both people who enjoy it and people who will never watch it again give some of the same answers for why they feel the way they do, but the conclusion is different. Tara and I are part of that chasm.

I will admit this move isn’t for everyone, but my personal opinion is that a lot of movies aren’t, quite a few are but this isn’t one of them. It’s grainy, sweaty and dirty. The characters aren’t very likable and the whole premise is unsettling. It’s at least at times over the top and bares no real resolution. For some those are all reasons to dislike it and for others the reasons endear it.

I think the protagonists were all very stupid but the acting was good so I guess the stupid was by design though that doesn’t make it any more fun to watch. Tara hates the motive, I’m a little more on the fence. There were zero boob shots which I completely don’t get.

For me this is an entertaining early slasher with plenty of screaming and memorable scenes. Tara doesn’t feel the same way and gave it a 43 while I scored it a 72.

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