Cineverm – A Film Podcast


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Film Review – Ep. 71
Anthony's Rating: 6
David's Rating: 9
Cineverm Rating: 7.5

This week Anthony & David discuss & break down the classic slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Will Anthony finally enter another horror movie into his film canon or will he be disappointed again?

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Synopsis for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

Podcast Transcript

Anthony: All right, so I guess I’ll start because I’m the noted horror…what is the opposite of apologist? I guess I’m the hater, the horror hater.

David: Yeah, just the hater. Ha ha.

Anthony: This movie really took me off-guard. I knew it was a scrappy, indie film. I understand…and maybe you have more historical context so you can actually fill me in. Because I don’t know a lot about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the behind-the-scenes of it. I know its cultural impact, specifically a lot of people that I’ve met in Alabama absolutely love this film. It is a film I’ve always heard in groups and corners. Maybe it’s just the people I’ve been around when I was in the filmmaking scene, but this was considered amongst many a testament to filmmaking. So there was a lot of hype built into me. And I guess I’ll just say…I was very, very, very disappointed.

David: Oh my god!

Anthony: Maybe my mindset was off, but I was not expecting the level of camp that was here…