Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the only films this writer has ever seen that, when the the killer first appeared, his face hidden behind tatters of sun-leathered skin, triggered a horrible looping thought of: "I don't want to watch this I don't want to watch this I don't want to watch this." And the writer has seen lots of horror movies. But there's something so—it seems silly to use a meaningless word like "real." There isn't a word for this. It's just terrifying, and in a way all these recent torture porn movies wish they could be.
The film, on paper, is patently ridiculous. Family of cannibals. Van of kids. Power tools. But truly, this movie is scary. Too scary. —RS