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XxXApathy420XxX's avatar


Terrence Malick's best film.
4 years 3 months ago
essaywhu's avatar


A true Horror masterpiece! This is still one of the scariest films I have ever seen. The only trouble is that this film basically created a new genre in Horror that spawned so many imitators that it can be hard to see what made it so special today as so many aspects of the film have become tropes. If you go into the film with the mindset is that it is 1974 and you have never seen anything like it before, then you will have a much better time.
4 years 7 months ago
sureup's avatar


More bizarre than scary, but still awesome... And I agree that the word "intense" pretty much describes perfectly large parts of the second half.

Only thing that drags it down is the poor/weird acting by some of the "teenagers" BUT what it does is add to the surrealism of the whole thing.

7 years 3 months ago
Vesohag's avatar


One of the best horror movies that I have ever seen. Really scary... even this days -although, I don't like to say that phrase; but, it most have been unbelievable.
6 years 9 months ago
Biki's avatar


Is it bad to feel relieved when Franklin dies?
1 year 9 months ago
schneid67's avatar


Brutal. That's all I can say. So real and so amazing. Great horror cinematography as well
3 years 6 months ago
Peeorpoo's avatar


I totally agree with moviewizguy. What especially got to me was her screaming, I'm actually impressed, how does one scream so much without hurting herself?
4 years 11 months ago
moviewizguy's avatar


I liked TCM the first time I saw it. It scared and disturbed me. On a rewatch, however, I noticed a lot of flaws pertaining to this B-movie slasher flick that cannot be ignored. But before I get to all that, there is a lot to admire about the film: the foreboding atmosphere, Leatherface's first appearance which is shocking and memorable, the Grandpa character, and it's competently made by a filmmaker who knows what he's doing.

However, there are some downright frustrating things about the film, the main one being the characters. Unfortunately, the most sympathetic/least annoying characters are spoiler And then there's Frankie. Oh, Frankie, Frankie, Frankie. I don't know how I could stand him the first time around, but he is such an annoying character, despite him being in a wheelchair. The scene with him refusing to give his sister Sally the flashlight makes me want to punch a kitten in the face, but that's just one of many occasions where I wanted him to die, spoiler. Next, there's Sally. She makes the second half of the film almost unbearable to watch. Her constant screaming is an assault to the senses. It may very well rival Michael Bay's action scenes in any of the Transformers films in giving you a headache. Seriously, apart from flailing around uselessly, that's all she does in the entire film. As opposed to Laurie in Halloween, she makes one hell of an incompetent heroine.

Furthermore, there isn't much of a plot here. It's pretty uneventful when compared to the 2003 remake. The film doesn't give any chances for the victims to fight back, and they die too easily which I guess is the point to show Leatherface as a big, unstoppable monster or whatever. Where's the fun in that when there's no even playing field though? But maybe this isn't supposed to be a fun, entertaining film. If the filmmakers' job was to scare people, TCM only does so on occasion. Again, having actress Marilyn Burns screaming is more aggravating than scary, and you have villains (the father and brother) who are just as annoying. Overall, TCM has a lot of potential in being a great horror film, but falls short mainly due to its characters. 5/10
5 years 6 months ago
Scratch47's avatar


wow. very intense, almost too much so. can see why it was rejected by the UK censors back in 1974.
7 years 8 months ago
MetalMagnum's avatar


Loved the dinner scene-- very macabre movie as the opening scroll suggests. I found the ending of the film to be unsettlingly abrupt, but still enjoyable. The wild, nonverbal acting from Sally's character was a bit rough on the ears but otherwise terrific. TCM was clearly a trailblazer in the horror genre.
5 months 2 weeks ago
neonlampaa's avatar


spoiler! Kind of brilliant.
1 year 8 months ago
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Jessica Chastain

Of all the horror films that I've watched, this is the first one to give me nightmares. The dinner scene will haunt me for a long time.
3 years 1 month ago
thaisquisito's avatar


amazing movie
5 years 12 months ago
Annesemj's avatar


total masterpiece
6 years 9 months ago
jktomas's avatar


One of those horror films that are actually scary. The biggest reason of it is because it's very realistic.
7 years 5 months ago

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