Many fans of the cult classic horror movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, believe that the film was based on real events. But these die-hard fans are only partly right. The truth is the movie which was directed by Tobe Hooper, is only loosely based on a real person. Calling it loosely based is even a stretch because there are only small similarities.
The person that some feel the movie is based on is Ed Gein, a real-life murderer, and cannibal. Gein was a very sick man who killed several people around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin. He was also a body snatcher who would dig up corpses and use their skin to make various items including a lampshade. This was one totally scary dude so no wonder the makers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre decided to loosely base one of its main characters on him. But it wasn’t like Ed Gein researched on the best chainsaw for the money and went on a killing spree after he purchased it.
The character in the movie Leatherface did take on some small characteristic of Gein which included making a mask from a human face. For many decades’ people falsely believed that the entire cast of bad guys were all based on real people. But it seems that only of one of these murderous characters is based on facts.
So if someone tells you that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on real events, you can set them straight. Even though this movie is not 100% based on facts, it really is one of the best horror movies ever made. If you have not had the pleasure of viewing it, you should really check it out. There were many sequels made of this movie and it seems that there are even more in the works. So if you are looking for a timeless classic horror movie, that still has the ability to scare you out of your seat, this is the movie for you.
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