The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Question: Was R. Lee Ermey's character a real sheriff or did he just have a costume and a car he stole?

Chosen answer: He wasn't a real sheriff - in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning it shows him shoot the sheriff and take his clothes and car.

amycamille1975

Question: What has happened by the time the police footage is shown? After Erin escaped and killed the "Sheriff", police footage of the area is then shown (at the beginning as well), such as the police collecting evidence and filming a walk-through, as if the house has been abandoned for years, but it's only a day after. What has happened to the rest of the Hewitt family (Luda May, Monty, Tea Lady etc.), with the exception of Leatherface who escaped? How did the police only find out about the Hewitts then?

Chosen answer: Erin must have led the police back to the house and then the Hewitt's were taken away so that way evidence could be collected. They must have thought that Leatherface had escaped and was no longer in the house.

Question: Who is Jedidiah? Where did he come from and Why isn't he in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning?

Chosen answer: Jebidiah was the grandson of the sheriff. Since TCM:TB was a prequel, telling about Leatherface's upbringing, he would not have been born yet.

Question: Are all the cars around the house from people Leatherface has killed in the past?

Chosen answer: The audience is meant to assume this, although it is never stated explicitly.

Question: What cartoon is playing on the T.V. when Leatherface kills Kemper?

Chosen answer: I'm pretty sure it was Felix the Cat.

Question: In the scene where the main girl Erin goes into that trailer and looks at the photo then to the lady who has short hair with the baby she says "That's not your baby. You stole her." Who's baby did she steal? What does that have to do with the girl who shot herself?

Chosen answer: She stole the baby from the woman who shot herself at the beginning of the film.

Question: It's not a mistake (it says so in the corrections page) but when the blond guy has his leg cut off he is wearing a shoe and sock on the other foot. WHY when he's in the basement is he barefoot? Is he meant to have taken off his footwear or was it leatherface?

Chosen answer: If you look around in the house, you can see that Leatherface like to keep several souvenirs from his victims. e.g. teeth, eyes, shoes are some of them.

Question: Near the end, when Erin saves that nerdy guy (forgot his name) after they are chased into that little cottage and they are hiding, Erin gets attacked and the nerdy guy runs into Leatherface which causes him to drop his Chainsaw. Erin who was previously pinned-down by him gets up and starts trying to punch him. Did she never think to use the Chainsaw which was on the ground?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Seeing that they were fighting a psycho mass murderer, if she had had a clearer head her first inclination probably would be to pick up the chainsaw and kill Leatherface. As it was she was most likely trying to get him off their backs and do their best to get away alive.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Is the guy that plays the Sheriff the same guy that hosts the TV show "Mail Call"?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Yes. The man's name is R. Lee Ermey and you may have also seen him in the movie Full Metal Jacket.

Tobin OReilly

Question: There is one thing that bothered me at the end of the movie. When the two police investigators are killed and the narrator says that the case is still open why didn't the authorities (police, FBI and so on), descend on that area and try to catch Leatherface? He just killed two police officers among other people and they are just going to leave it as an open case?

Tobin OReilly

Chosen answer: What makes you think they didn't? They obviously just never caught him.

J I Cohen

Question: Is Leatherface based on a real person? If so, how close did they stick to the source material? Did he wear other peoples faces?

Chosen answer: He's loosely based on Ed Gein, who made household objects and clothing out of human skin (mainly from corpses stolen from graveyards, but also from at least two murders that he committed). Gein also inspired Norman Bates of Psycho, and Buffalo Bill of Silence of the Lambs. See http://www.houseofhorrors.com/gein.htm.

J I Cohen

Question: Does anyone know if the police file videos shown at the start and end are real, or were they made for the movie?

Chosen answer: It was made for the movie. The story is based on a true story, the idea came from a real murderer.

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