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Texas ChainSaw Massacre (1974)
Short plot summary

Group of 'pesky kids' (Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns), Jerry (Allen Danziger), Franklin Hardesty (Paul A. Partain), Kirk , (William Vail), Pam (Teri McMinn)) who are out in their "Scoob mobile", seem doomed to decapitation due to circumstances beyond their control. Seems shmeeems babes!

What our panel of critics thought

"Has all of the enjoyment of a snuff movie crossed with Scooby Doo, but without the dog! And hey kids: Willma is a guy! A slasher from hell triumph!"

"A horribly vicious movie of senseless killing in old out of the way houses. Nice weather though."

"It reminded me of that old Smith's track - 'Girlfriend in a freezer, I know, I know, it's serious'. Morrisey is such a joy after movies like these."

"A triumph of being nasty to a guy in a wheel chair! How juicily ironic! PC this bitch!"

"If you are one of those girls who just has to start screaming when she hears another girl scream, it's probably best not to go to watch this in a cinema."

"You will never be able to look a butcher-with-an-apron-on in the eye again!"

Please tell me the ending or whole plot if necessary

Sally runs away into the darkness (presumably the batteries have run out of her finger sized flash light). She finds sanctuary but doesn't realize that she has run into the home of the best friend of leather face. Oops. Doh! Oops again!!

Then she realizes. She grabs a knife, but doesn't recognize that the guy is an expert at disarming people with a broom. Commotion ensues and Sally is overpowered and put into a sack.

She is driven to our anti-hero's place where she is tortured, but eventually manages to escape by the classic 'jump through a window' move, popular in movies at the time. (Luckily it wasn't strengthened glass or she would have bounced back embarrassingly.) She runs like the wind and eventually escapes in the back of a car.

Quotable quotes (real)
"I hope you're not too uncomfortable down there."
"Aaaaaarrrgggghhhhh - eeee ssshhhhhhcccrrrreeaaammmm!"
"I told you to stay away from that grave yard."
Other comments

In its time this movie caused much controversy and was widely banned. It is a truly vicious movie with little to enjoy. This is one of those movies to get through, to say you've seen it.

Has none of the class of The Exorcist, we felt the original Evil Dead was our definition of horror, but haven't seen that recently so don't quote us on that one...

There is little gushy-blood and oozy-gore in this movie, however, which is a relief, although it contains scenes which really are truly disturbing.

Date of review

April 20, 2003

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