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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Tobe Hooper

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is something of beauty. Presented as a low budget slasher movie, this brutal and well planned feature has almost no blood or gore in it. Virtually no blood whatsoever. Instead the terror and fear conveyed is enough to give you nightmares. The implied gore seems to creep up on you a lot more than the actual stuff. The movie kind of lets your mind wonder and take you into places that you really don't want to go. Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow, and Edwin Neil are a terrifying cannibalistic family. Hansen does a masterful job as Leatherface, the infantile psychotic, chainsaw wielding, cannibalistic, man child. A new horror icon ready to terrorize your dreams nightly.
A group of young adults, driving across Texas, are looking for their family home. The group gets sidetracked and stranded after a run in with a very strange hitchhiker. To find help they begin migrating to a strange house in the Texas brush. One by one they fall victim to a family of canni…