The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Movie review by Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Best for older teens and adults only.

R 1974 83 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 69 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

A classic masterpiece

This film is beyond great. It has great characters, and each one has it's meaning. The movie doesn't need gore or blood to be scary. It also doesn't need a lot of money. It was only made with less than 100,000! The only bad thing I can say about this movie is despite the title, only one person is killed with a chainsaw, and the death isn't very slow either. This scene takes place in the forest, but you'll see in the movie. Recommended.

This title has:

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Great role models
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age 13+

One of my favorite horror films

Although I am too young to have lived in the time back when this film was scary, I still find it to be very enjoyable. Though it no longer scares, you can't help but admire the atmosphere and techniques Director Tobe Hooper uses to make you uneasy, and paint such a grim view of the vietnam era. Also, Leatherface is a fantastic villain who really makes you wonder. Why does this man do this? Is it only to feed his family? Is it his hatred towards teens or people in general? Or is he just not all there? Maybe he doesn't exactly know what he is doing, and is acting purely on motorized reflex? I won't tell you what I think his reason is. You just need to watch the film and decide for yourself. Trust me, its worth a few for any fan of cinema. And an absolute must view for anyone who is at all interested in the horror genre.
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