20 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Some forty years ago a group of relative unknowns headed by then newbie director Tobe Hooper convened in the city of Austin and battled with the extreme Texan summer heat, a shoestring budget and some rather unsavoury working conditions to make one of the most important horror films of all time – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

As controversial as it was praised the movie helped shape the horror genre and although it’s been succeeded by some rather subpar sequels (we’re looking at you, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation) its legacy – from its gritty, pared-down approach to terror to its iconic villain Leatherface – lives on today.

Sadly, Tobe Hooper died last year and though the rest of his career never quite lived up to the heady heights of his early filmmaking days, he did gift with one of most memorable horror films we’ve ever seen.

So, in celebration of Hooper and his seminal horror we take a look at some of the most mind-blowing facts we could find about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, from its festive inspiration to its mob connections.

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