OneYoungWolf’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror film different from what we are used to. It is a horror that makes us uncomfortable, that as the film progresses gradually suffocates us. It is a cruel terror, a grotesque and nefarious terror where there is nothing good, at no time in the film there is hope, there isn’t a feeling of tranquility that tells us that everything will be fine, that this is just a nightmare.
What works about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is that it takes the viewer to the limit, you are one more member of the gang of friends going on a trip, you are one more member of the Sawyer family's dinner party from hell. Tobe Hooper manages to make us feel that we have just seen a film with extreme violence when really, little or almost none of it is seen on screen. It is not a horror with brutal gore that makes you want to vomit, but a much more uncomfortable and personal horror, five young people who on this journey will lose their innocence, despite hearing some crimes on the radio our protagonists are still young people with an idealized idea of the world where they can make a difference and that there really are no monsters out there in the dark. That they can walk up to a house in the middle of nowhere and that the people living there will genuinely help them, care about them. That innocence that characterized an American generation is completely taken away from them by wars and social injustices and in this film, by the Sawyer family. There is no friendly neighbor only death and evil.
The fantastic and supernatural monsters we were told about as children were so that we would not know the real evil, that people can be real demons. Personally, I consider this family to be the most evil and twisted of all horror movies, they are the best example of the theory of demonic evil, inflicting pain on others for pleasure. Who will survive and what will be left of those who do? This is the phrase that perfectly sums up this movie, because when you enter the Sawyer family home, you never leave, no matter if you survived or not.
A truly disturbing horror, a cruel and macabre story is what makes this film a horror classic par excellence. The final shot, the last scene is what nightmares are made of.