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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trivia: The director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre wanted a PG rating for his movie but he didn't get it.

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: After the hitch-hiker smears blood from his hand all over the side of the teenagers van, in the very next shot as we see the van riding away down the road, the blood has disappeared from the side. (00:16:40)

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Question: In the trivia it says that the name Leatherface is only said once or twice. Well, I can't recall the name being used at all. What scenes were the name used?

Answer: The name "Leatherface" is used in the scene set in the hotel, and the waterfall scene. The grandmother says "leatherface" right after she says "Maryana, crank up the chain saw" in the waterfall scene. She actually says it in a whispering tone, so you have to turn the volume up to the max.

I think you're referring to either a remake or sequel. In this film (the original made in 1974), there is no living grandmother that speaks, scene set at a hotel, character named Maryana, or a waterfall scene.

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