Friday, June 18, 2010

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre-1974

So it's that time of the week again folks! It's Friday which means new movie review time! This week movie is another classic an one that I enjoy a lot ha ha, this week classic is a slasher from 1974. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I hope you enjoy it folks!

The poster for this one, isn't a over the top detailed one, but with the little detail there is,an with the general look of leatherface an the girl in the back, you pretty much get a feel of how this movie is going to turn out.

Plot:Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) and her brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) travel with three friends, Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail), and Pam (Teri McMinn) to a cemetery containing the grave of the Hardestys' grandfather. They aim to investigate reports of vandalism and of corpse-defilement. Afterward, they decide to visit an old Hardesty family homestead, and on the way, the group picks up a hitchhiker (Edwin Neal). The man speaks and acts bizarrely, and then slashes himself and Franklin with a straight razor before the group force him out of their van. The group stop at a gas station to fuel their vehicle, but when they find out from the proprietor (Jim Siedow) that the pumps are empty, the group continues to the homestead, intending to return to the gas station later after a fuel truck makes its delivery. Franklin tells Kirk and Pam about a local swimming hole, and the couple heads off to find it. Instead, they stumble upon a nearby house. Kirk decides to ask the residents for some gas, while Pam waits on the front steps.
Receiving no answer but finding the door unlocked, Kirk enters the house; Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) suddenly appears and kills him. Pam enters soon after, to find the house filled with furniture made from human bones. She attempts to flee but Leatherface catches her and impales her on a meathook. At sunset, Sally's boyfriend Jerry heads out from the house to look for the others. Finding the couple's blanket outside the house, he investigates and finds Pam still alive inside a freezer. Before he can react, Leatherface appears and murders him, stuffing Pam back inside the freezer afterward.
With darkness falling, Sally and Franklin set out to find their friends. As they near the killer's house, calling for the others, Leatherface lunges out of the darkness and murders Franklin with a chainsaw. Sally escapes to the house only to find the desiccated remains of an elderly couple in an upstairs room. With Leatherface still pursuing her, she jumps through a second floor window and continues to flee, eventually arriving at the gas station. As she reaches it, Leatherface disappears into the night. The proprietor at first calms her with offers of help, then binds her with rope and forces her into his truck. He drives to the house, arriving at the same time as the hitchhiker, who turns out to be Leatherface's younger brother. When the pair bring Sally inside, the hitchhiker taunts her when he realizes who she is.
The men torment the bound and gagged Sally while Leatherface, now dressed as a woman, serves dinner. Leatherface and the hitchhiker bring the old man from upstairs, still alive, to the table to join the meal. During the night, they decide Sally should be killed by "Grandpa" (John Dugan), out of respect for his work at the slaughter house when he was younger. "Grandpa" is too weak to hit Sally with a hammer, repeatedly dropping it. In the confusion, Sally breaks free, leaps through a window and escapes from the house, running out onto the road. Leatherface and the hitchhiker give chase, but the hitchhiker is run down and killed by a passing semi-trailer truck. Armed with his chainsaw, Leatherface attacks the truck when the driver stops to help, and is hit in the face with a large wrench wielded by the driver. Sally escapes in the bed of a passing pickup truck as Leatherface waves the chainsaw above his head in frustration.

My Thoughts: This movie is a true classic all the way. Sure Leatherface is not as iconic as Freddy or Jason or Michael, an sure he hasn't had as many movies as they have but he still stands the test of time. This movie goes places that some others don't you actually feel for the kids in the movie an can actually feel there pain. The set up to this movie makes you believe it really is a true story. From start to finish this is a well rounded movie that you will never get bored of, it's not meant for everyone That's for sure, there are some gory parts even for back then but it still one hell of a movie. I give this a perfect 5 out of 5 bloody fingers!

Here's the trailer for anyone who would like to watch it, sorry couldn't get a full copy of the movie from youtube.

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