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Horror Top 10 | #2 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

horror-TheTexasChainSawMassacre-posterHorror Top 10 | #2 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – “Who will survive and what will be left of them?”

This indie film came before Halloween and shocked audiences far and wide with violent and disturbing content. The film follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while on their way to visit an old homestead. Although it was marketed as a true story to attract a wider audience and as a subtle commentary on the era’s political climate, its plot is entirely fictional; however, the character of Leatherface and minor plot details were inspired by the crimes of real-life murderer Ed Gein.
The film was produced for less than $300,000 and the limited budget forced them to film for long hours seven days a week, so that he could finish as quickly as possible and reduce equipment rental costs.horror_texas_chainsaw_massacre_polansky
Upon its October 1974 release, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was banned outright in several countries, and numerous theaters later stopped showing the film in response to complaints about its violence. While it initially drew a mixed reception from critics, it was enormously profitable, grossing over $30 million at the domestic box office. It is credited with originating several elements common in the slasher genre, including the use of power tools as murder weapons and the characterization of the killer as a large, hulking, faceless figure.

Fun Facts about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:

In many scenes, the blood used was real. In a scene where Marilyn Burns’ character is cut, the crew couldn’t get the tube of fake blood to come out of its tube, so they cut the actresses index finger with a razor. The film is banned in Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Iceland, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, and West Germany.

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