The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

2006 R 1h 24m DVD

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

2006 R 1h 24m DVD
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Two Vietnam-bound brothers out for a last fling with their girlfriends crash their Jeep. Suddenly, a psycho sheriff ushers them into a place where terror awaits in the form of young Leatherface.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this grisly horror film isn't for kids -- though lots of horror-loving teens will want to see it. It's relentlessly bloody, dark-shadowed, and gruesome, with the titular chainsaw wreaking predictable (but still dire) havoc. Violence is graphic and incessant, with a range of weapons (guns, meat hooks, cleavers) producing severed limbs and body parts. A cow is smashed to bloody smithereens by a jeep; human victims are tortured (hung from hooks, tied up, taunted, stabbed, and sawed). The faux sheriff taunts a girl by pressing up against her and whispering ("I love you"). Some cleavage shots, and the girls' clothing appears in increasing disarray. Frequent foul language, mostly "f--k" and its permutations.

Sexual Content

Hoyt leans into Bailey a couple of times, insinuating sexual interest and terrorizing her; girls wear short skirts, midriff tops, low-riding bellbottoms, showing some skin; their clothes become skimpier throughout the film due to ravaging, falling, water, and blood; brief moments of kissing between couples.


Blood everywhere. A birth scene at the beginning is pained and ugly, with lots of screaming (mother dies, baby is monstrous); baby Leatherface is trained to kill and cut up animals; brief shot of gross roadkill; chopping of animal parts emphasizes loud sounds and bloody aftermath; weapons throughout include handgun, knives, chainsaw, sawed-off and regular shotguns, meat hook, hammer, cleaver, bear trap; a jeep hits a cow (bloody mess all over the screen), then flips several times, leaving occupants bloodied and tearful; torture scenes show bodies tied to table, hanging from ceiling, nailed to table; Leatherface saws off his uncle's legs (explicit image) and saws through the backs of three other characters; kids attempt feeble stabbing and punching of their adversaries and are repeatedly beaten back, in gory detail.


Repeated use of "f--k" (30+), along with other profanity ("hell," "c--ksucker," "a--hole," "s--t"); use of "gooks" to refer to Vietnamese.

Social Behavior

Not applicable.


Glimpse of Coca Cola sign in bar.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking and beer drinking in a bar.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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