The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

This is the bizarre and tragically gruesome account of what happened to five young friends one summer afternoon in rural Texas. After hearing reports of grave robbing, the group sets out to check on a family grave. Soon after, one-by-one they wander into the murderous clutches of Leatherface.


Marilyn Burns as Sally Hardesty
Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface


1. Franklin: hacked to death with chainsaw [Leatherface]
2. Jerry: head bludgeoned with sledgehammer [Leatherface]
3. Kirk: head bludgeoned with sledgehammer; hacked apart with chainsaw [Leatherface]
4. Pam: impaled on meat hook; frozen in freezer [Leatherface]
5. Nubbins "Hitchhiker" Sawyer: run over by truck [truck driver; accidental]


Narrator: "The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Franklin [referring to the hitchhiker]: "I think we just picked up Dracula."

Franklin: "If I have any more fun today, I don't think I can take it!"

Hitchhiker: "My family's always been in meat."

Jerry: "That's the last goddamn hitchhiker I ever pick up."