The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Trivia: During the big chase scene Marilyn Burns was running so slowly that Gunnar Hansen stopped to cut tree branches so he wouldn't outrun her.

Trivia: Only one person actually gets killed with the chainsaw: Sally's brother.

Trivia: Many praise the movie for being well acted with such a low budget. Two performers that are singled out are Marilyn Burns and Paul Partain, who play Sally and Franklyn. In the scenes where they squabble, the acting is quite impressive. But was it really acting? The two performers, in reality, could not stand each other.

Trivia: A then-unknown John Larroquette provided the film's narration. He also narrated the film's 2003 re-make.

Trivia: Leatherface is based on the killer Edward Gein, who in reality wore his victims faces as masks. He also did some really freaky things with the rest of their bodies, including: a belt made of nipples, chairs with human bones for its legs, a skull top for a soup bowl, etc. The police also found a half eaten heart on a plate, and a nude, decapitated, and gutted body hanging upside down on a meathook in his barn.

Trivia: During the dinner scene towards the end of the film, when Leatherface cuts Sally's (Marilyn Burns) finger, he actually does cut her finger. The protective cover was taken off without warning Burns, and her reaction on screen is real.


Trivia: The scene where Leatherface kills the first of the teenagers had to be re-shot several times because Gunnar Hansen kept apologizing to the actor after he'd hit him.

Trivia: During the big chase scene, Gunnar Hanson tripped and the chainsaw flew up in the air and landed inches from his head. When they get to the house you can see him turn around to check where he is running. This is joked about on the DVD commentary.

Trivia: During the making of the film, the chainsaw they used started up on the first pull every time Gunnar Hanson used it.

Continuity mistake: As the teenagers pull up into the gas station, look at the position of the gas pumps hose and its shadow. In the next shot the gas pumps shadow has vanished and the gas pumps hose is positioned differently. (00:18:20)

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Franklin: They just shoot a bolt in their head, and then retract it. It's just BOOM-shht-BOOM-shht.
Sally: Franklin, I like meat. Please change the subject.

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Question: What happens to the guy in the yellow shirt, who hits Leatherface in the face with the wrench? The main character leaves with the guy in the truck but the yellow shirt guy doesn't. And we don't see him get killed, it just goes to Leatherface doing his dance. Are we supposed to assume that he dies?

Answer: The yellow shirt guy keeps running off screen while the main character jumps into the back of the truck. Since Leatherface's attention was solely on her, it's assumed the guy survives seeing as no one left in the Family is in pursuit.

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