Essential plot rundown: A group of friends get massacred in Texas by a chainsaw. I'm planning on seeing Texas Chainsaw 3D tomorrow, which is a direct sequel to the original, so I thought I'd better re-watch it.
I watched this once in high school (which was a while ago) and didn't think too much of it. But, upon watching it a second time, my thoughts completely changed. This movie was terrifying. I had butterflies in my stomach most of the movie. The mood, the atmosphere is chilling and there are a few effective jump scares. I found this much scarier than other classic horror movies. It was kind of disturbing and made me feel a little queasy inside. I could easily place myself in the position of the characters and see how truly terrifying it would be.
A huge difference between this and modern horror movies is the amount of gore. Movies now-a-days are filled to the brim with blood and gore. TCM not so much. There is very little actual blood. However, instead of being bloody, it is brutal. There were several scenes that made me cringe in pain. There is this part with a hammer...yea, painful. But not graphic or gory; a lot of the stuff happens off screen. There was this one part that reminded me of those torture porn movies. But, instead of physical torture, it was psychological.
The most brutal, chilling part was when Leatherface was introduced. That was a very memorable scene. However, not all was daisies and gold. There were a few parts that dragged on a little too long, and therefore, lost their thrill. And there is this random black guy that shows up that makes you go What?
Overall, a scary, disturbing movie. While not a splatterfest, it is brutal and painful to watch. I have not seen a lot of horror movies, but TCM is one of the few that actually scared me. And the moral of the movie is: don't trespass.
But that's just my opinion...