Even the sound of a chainsaw in the distance sends a few shivers down my spine. I can't help it. If you've ever seen Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, that blaring noise would put you on edge immediately.
Just the intro of this film alone is enough to creep you out on levels beyond belief.
The worst of it all is that this film is supposedly based on a true story. That means that a skin collecting freak was running around killing people with a chainsaw in Texas... Yeah.
Rumors speculate that such a man existed in the small town of Poth, Texas, which is only 50 miles from the booming San Antonio. The events depicted in the film were said to have occurred on August 18th, 1973.
Production, however, ran from July 15th to August 14th of that same exact year. This means there is no way this could have actually happened. Although this glaring contradiction might me obvious, many still insist that this film was based on a real life massacre created by the hands of a chainsaw-wielding madman.
Hooper did, however, take note from Wisconsin grave robber and cannibal killer, Ed Gein. Gein had killed women and robbed graves, using the skin of his victims to create a female body suit to be close to his mother who had passed away.
My guess is that all this was used as a marketing ploy to bring in a crowd, as the events are too horrific to imagine a real person actually committing them. This is the factor that would essentially drive moviegoers into the theaters, as shock factor is quite the effective element.
[Source: What Culture]