20 Things You Didn’t Know About “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

1974’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre spawned six sequels/remakes — including Texas Chainsaw 3D, out this Friday. Before the latest installment, brush up on the series.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

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1. Director Tobe Hooper was originally going for a PG rating.

All of the violence would have been implied. Remember, this was before PG-13 was an option.

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2. That’s Marilyn Burns real blood in a few scenes.

Leatherface actually cuts her finger in the dinner scene, because they couldn’t get the fake blood to work. Later, when Sally runs through undergrowth, Burns suffered real injuries.

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3. Edwin Neal said filming was worse than his time in Vietnam.

The actor who played The Hitchhiker also said he might kill Tobe Hooper if he ever saw him again.

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4. The skeleton used was a real human skeleton.

Turns out the real thing is cheaper than a fake one — as long as you buy from India.

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“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (1986)

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5. The poster is a parody of “The Breakfast Club” poster.

I mean, duh.

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6. The sequel was originally titled “Beyond the Valley of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Obviously inspired by Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which is (like TCM 2) more of a satire than a sequel.

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7. Jim Siedow is the only actor to appear in both of the first two movies.

TCM 2 was the last film he made before his death in 2003.

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“Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” (1990)

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8. This is the only “Texas Chainsaw” movie not filmed in Texas.

Which is obviously sacrilege.

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9. Stars before-he-was-famous Viggo Mortensen as “Tex.”

And he wasn’t the studio’s first choice. In fact, Mortensen totally bombed his audition.

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10. The stunt coordinator was Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees.

Hodder has been in four Friday the 13th movies.

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“Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” (1994)

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11. Stars before-they-were-famous Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger.

By the time the movie actually came out in 1997, the two were established stars, which makes their appearance here a little embarrassing.

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12. The original title was “Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

It got released at several film festivals that way, before it was recut and repackaged three years later.

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13. This was intended as the “real sequel” to the original.

Director Kim Henkel wanted the characters Vilmer and W.E. to be TCM’s The Hitchhiker and The Cook, respectively.

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“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003)

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14. John Larroquette reprised his opening narration from the original.

This time, however, he was not paid with weed, as he allegedly was back in 1974.

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15. You can see Jonathan Tucker throw up when he’s gagged with a gun.

For realism, Tucker actually forced the gun down his throat and vomited in every take. Super gross, right?

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16. Despite the title, only two characters are killed with a chainsaw.

Which is still more than the one chainsaw death in the original TCM.

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17. Harry Knowles severed head is on display in Leatherface’s home.

Leatherface apparently had beef with the founder of Ain’t It Cool News.

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“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” (2006)

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18. A total of 17 scenes had to be cut down to get an R-rating.

The MPAA originally wanted an NC-17 for violence.

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19. This was the first movie to earn Iceland’s 18 rating.

“18” replaced “AB” (banned) as Iceland’s most restrictive rating. Hooray for breaking new ground!

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20. Stars a before-he-was-famous Matt Bomer.

You know him from White Collar, Magic Mike, and your wildest fantasies. For those who can stomach it, check out the gruesome prosthetic they modeled after him.

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