Small Details About 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' And Its Legacy That Every Fan Should Know

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In 1974, director Tobe Hooper shocked film snobs, movie critics, and cinemaphiles alike with his grindhouse classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Made on a shoestring budget, the indie movie was quickly banned across the country and earned scathing reviews from critics who didn't understand or appreciate the slasher movie.

Today, the film is highly regarded as a masterpiece of modern horror, one of the first true slasher films in the genre, and one of the most successful independent films in history.

Here are a few assorted tidbits regarding The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as its sequels and remakes. Be sure to vote up the small bits and pieces of trivia you find the tastiest.

  • 1
    118 VOTES

    Perfect For A Fun Weekend Getaway

    From Redditor u/Azlan82:

    The house from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was cut into six pieces, moved 60 miles from its original location, then reassembled and turned into a restaurant.

    It has 4.5 on TripAdvisor.

    118 votes
  • 2
    103 VOTES

    A Super Fun Fact About The Narrator

    A Super Fun Fact About The Narrator
    Photo: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Bryanston Distributing Company

    From Redditor u/tres_w00t:

    Narrator John Larroquette was paid with pot for his voiceover work on the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    103 votes
  • 3
    99 VOTES

    Torturous Filming Conditions Were Their Own Horror

    Torturous Filming Conditions Were Their Own Horror
    Photo: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Bryanston Distributing Company

    From Redditor u/to_the_tenth_power:

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed on a microscopic budget of $60,000. The cast and crew had to work seven days a week, 12-16 hours a day in 115°F heat in a poorly ventilated farmhouse amid rotting roadkill being used as props to finish the film.

    99 votes
  • 4
    88 VOTES

    Frustration Lead To Inspiration

    From Redditor u/TimeIsntOnMySide:

    Director Tobe Hooper came up with the idea of a chainsaw as the murder weapon for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre when he was at a hardware store and was wondering how he could speed his way through the crowd.

    In an interviw, Hooper said:

    I was in a department store around the holidays, thinking, "I just can’t wait to get out of this department store." There were thousands of people in there, and I was weaving through them to get out, and I found myself in the hardware department. I looked down and there was a rack of chain saws in front of me for sale. I said, "If I start the saw, those people would just part. They would get out of my way."

    88 votes
  • 5
    80 VOTES

    A Real Skeleton Was Used As Part Of The Set

    From Redditor u/TheGhostOfAlanAlda:

    In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), the human skeleton in the house at the end of the movie was a real human skeleton. Due to the small budget, the art director found it cheaper then buying a skeleton prop.

    80 votes
  • 6
    72 VOTES

    'Based On A True Story'

    'Based On A True Story'
    Photo: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Bryanston Distributing Company

    From Redditor u/sentient_sasquatch:

    The classic slasher horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was partially based on the real murderer Ed Gein. When Gein's house was searched by authorities in 1957, they found various oddities, including a belt made from nipples and a lampshade made from human skin.

    72 votes