We used to believe The Texas Chainsaw Massacre really happened. The first movie became a hit in 1974. And the 2003 remake even thrilled the viewers of today’s generation.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not a true event. It was based on the crimes of a serial killer from Wisconsin named Ed Gein in the 1950s. The big monster with a deformed face, “Leatherface”, is just a fictional character.
Here’s Leatherface, the killer who uses a chainsaw. Scary? Agree?
And here’s Ed Gein, the serial killer in real-life. He doesn’t look scary but his actions are.
What are the similarities and differences of Leatherface and Ed Gein?
Like Leatherface, Ed Gein did wear a mask made of human skin. Leatherface uses the mask to hide his deformed face while Ed Gein uses the mask because of his fondness on wearing human skin. Ed didn’t use a chainsaw to kill his victims.
Ed developed an unhealthy interest on the anatomy of the female body. The actions of Ed are too gruesome to describe.
Did the massacre really happened in Texas?
The massacre didn’t really occur in Texas. It occurred in West Virginia. Ed wasn’t jailed because he was declared as insane. He was committed to Waupan State Hospital for the rest of his life. There many reported causes of his death in 1984. Some said it was cancer and some said it was dude to heart failure.
The most evident similarity of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Ed Gein is the house. Ed stored his bloody collections of human flesh inside his house.
Is the opening scene of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre really an actual footage?
No. It’s not. But it did a great job in convincing the audience. It was intended to make the audience believe that it really happened.