“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (1986)
5. The poster is a parody of “The Breakfast Club” poster.
I mean, duh.
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.
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.
“Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” (1990)
8. This is the only “Texas Chainsaw” movie not filmed in Texas.
Which is obviously sacrilege.
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.
10. The stunt coordinator was Kane Hodder, who played Jason Voorhees.
Hodder has been in four Friday the 13th movies.
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” (1994)
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.
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.
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.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003)
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.
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?
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.
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.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” (2006)
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.
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!