Hello, Creepypasta Wiki community, and welcome to Shocktober. Keeping the Slasher vibes going, today, we're going back to 1974. One of the most influential films out of the 70's, Texas Chainsaw Massacre left its mark on cinema forever.
Created on a budget of $300,000, this film made $30.8 million, this film set the precedent for successful budget movies. It was met with immediate success, and shocked viewers all across the country.
Directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, Djinn), this film shows off his masterfull directing, even though he only recorded one movie before this. The cast for the film is primarily people he knew, or Texans, but the cast does a great job. The emotion and panic of this film, matched with the suspense and action, makes for a great Slasher.
The plot follows Marilyn Burns and her friends, as they visit one of their father's graves to report vandalism. Meeting several strange characters, they eventually run out of fuel near an abandoned house. When they go in to ask for fuel, as no one answered the door, Leatherface emerges, and begins his slaughter of the group- and with his slaughter, we got the precedent for all Slasher films.
Leatherface is a killer whom primarily uses a Chainsaw, and just like Norman Bates from Psycho, is lightly based off of real-life killer Ed Gein. The human-leather mask, the furniture made from human flesh and bone, et cetera. It is all based off of the crimes of this man. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein
The gore effects, and other effects are both equally good in this film, looking very nice for the early-to-mid 70s. The camera shots act as a perfect compliment, with dozens of memorable scenes, which, unfortunately, would be spoilers to even mention.
So there you have it. A short rundown of the film that can be credited with starting the Slasher genre. Everything's bigger in Texas, it seems.
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