5 Reasons Why “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is a Horror Masterpiece

By David Zou


Over the summer we lost a legend in the world of horror cinema when film director Tobe Hooper passed away at the age of 74. The response on Twitter coming from Hollywood all echo a similar theme; from John Carpenter, Eli Roth, James Wan and Stephen King, everyone praised the director as a kindhearted individual and a decent human being. Just about everyone remembers Hooper as one of the nicest person you could ever meet.

It’s surprising that such a good-natured man was responsible for one of the most disturbing and violent horror films in the history of cinema when “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was released in theaters in 1974.

Roger Ebert gave the following review for the film for the Chicago Sun-Times: “Horror and exploitation films almost always turn a profit if they’re brought in at the right price. So they provide a good starting place for ambitious would-be filmmakers who can’t get more conventional projects off the ground. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” belongs in a select company (with “Night of the Living Dead” and “Last House on the Left”) of films that are really a lot better than the genre requires. Not, however, that you’d necessarily enjoy seeing it.”

This classic low-budget horror film, produced on a $300,000 budget, was original and well made and didn’t rely on blood and gore to deliver its scares. Yet it was so intense and realistic that it became an unforgettable movie experience for anyone who watched it, and one of the most influential and important movies in the horror genre, making “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” a masterpiece in horror cinema.

1. Realistic Horror

Shot on 16mm, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” feels almost like documentary because of its realism. Hooper based some of the story’s elements from the real-life Wisconsin → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema