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.

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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.

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.

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.