DVD FEATURES: 72-minute documentary 'The Shocking Truth';
Director and cast interviews; 16-page collectors booklet; Full
length commentary with Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl
and actor Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface); Deleted scenes and alternate
footage; Original theatrical trailers; Original TV ads; Sequel
trailers; Stills, posters and lobby cards; DVD-ROM link.
DESCRIBED in certain quarters as 'the most purely horrifying
horror movie ever made', Tobe Hooper's 1974 shocker, The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre, remains one of the most talked about films
of all time.
Rather like its equally chilling successor, The Blair Witch
Project, Hooper's movie unravelled its terrifying tale by pretending
that it was based in fact, drawing audiences into a nightmarish
world in which a vanload of kids wander off the highway in rural
Texas and trespass on the wrong farm.
The property in question is owned by a family of hideously
grotesque degenerates, led by the chainsaw wielding Leatherface,
who waste no time in killing the male members of the teenagers,
before subjecting the remaining screaming women to all manner
of hideous torture (witness the extremely creepy dinner party
scene, or the climactic, drawn out chase).
Along the way, audiences have to contend with sledgehammers
and meathooks, as well as the aforementioned chainsaw, all of
which ensure a stomach-churning descent into hell - although,
in truth, the film is not as violent as its long-time ban suggests.