Tobe Hooper's influential cult classic continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and "career" of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, which began with Alfred Hitchcock's own influential cult classic Psycho. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and several other friends together to see if grandpa's remains are still in one piece. While in the area, Sally and her friends decide to visit grandfather's old farmhouse. Unfortunately, a family of homicidal slaughterhouse workers who take their job home with them have taken over the house next door. Included amongst the brood is Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), a chainsaw-wielding human horror show who wears a face mask made out of human skin. Sally's friends are rapidly exterminated one-by-one by the next-door neighbors, leaving only Sally left to fight off Leatherface and his clan. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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I saw this movie when I was really little and it scared the hell out of me. Now everyone says that its so funny, but I just do not understand their logic. The plot is very well written and Hooper does an amazing job directing this film. Still a classic movie that all horror buffs need to have.
I think the reason why younger audiences find this movie either funny or just plain "bleh", is because today, they are brought up on movies that were no older than 5 years old if they watch TV or cable. Because of this, obviously Special Effects are basically still new within a half a decade. Back in the day a movie had more storyline to it and used imagination more than todays movies by far. Today in lieu of story, there must be action every 5 minutes or else you lose and audience. Also, back when I was growing up, TV showed movies new and old from the past 30 to 40 years. So basically anyone who grew up in my era, were very lucky to have such a wide variety where we could appreciate anything that was shown. Unfortunately the ones coming up behind us don't have this, so they never seek out half the incredible stuff that's out there.
It's a classic. One of those films that films of this genre owe a huge debt to. Listen, no one is forcing you to see this movie, so what you see is what you get--and you get what you bargained for--and lots of it!! Happy viewing and feel free to cover your eyes when you want.