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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 60

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    Despite the heavy doses of gore in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper's pic is well made for an exploiter of its type... Sharp sense of composition and careful accumulation of detail also help enliven the crude plot, and the acting is above par for this type of film.

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Best for older teens and adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this movie has some blood and gore, the amount is noticeably less than what appears in modern horror movies. Also missing here is the extremely profane language and sex/nudity that are very much a part of current scary movies. Despite this, the movie is still way too scary and intense for younger teens--if you watch with your older teen, you might want to discuss how horror movies have changed over time. Do they think the additional violence in modern horror flicks makes them scarier?

  • Families can talk about the difference in amount and type of violence in this horror classic, and some of the more graphic films of today. Do you think it's possible for young people, and even adults, to become desensitized to violence by watching really violent films?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The cast is all white; one character is in a wheelchair. The characters pick up a hitchhiker.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Graphic description of how cows are slaughtered. Characters are cut, stabbed, sliced, and hung--but there is not nearly as much blood/gore as there is in modern horror movies. Disturbing images, such as decaying bodies, skeletons, and a nest of daddy lo

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    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: Mild, especially considering that the characters are being chased by crazed killers.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable