Is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie based on a true story?

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has always claimed to be based on true events, but is it really? Here is what we know that real facts to be:

  • Tobe Hooper heard about Ed Gein and decided to make the now infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • Most of Tobe Hoopers “inspiration” for Leatherface came from Ed Gein’s collection of human and animals artifacts that he made. These artifacts were made from exhumed corpses from the local graveyards and fashioned trophies / keepsakes from their bones and skin. Some of the other items that police discovered at his home in Planfield Wisconsin in 1957 were.
    • Four noses
    • Whole human bones and fragments
    • Nine masks of human skin
    • Bowls made from human skulls
    • Ten female heads with the tops sawed off
    • Human skin covering several chair seats
    • Mary Hogan’s head in a paper bag
    • Bernice Worden’s head in a burlap sack
    • Nine vulvas in a shoe box
    • Skulls on his bedposts
    • Organs in the refrigerator
    • A pair of lips on a draw string for a window-shade.


  1. Someone needs to get the facts straight about this. Ed Gein was not a serial killer. The definition of a serial killer is that of a person who kills more than three people. Ed Gein only killed two people and was convicted of one. He dug up the remains of bodies that were put to rest and saved pieces of the bodies.

  2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre never happened. If it had of, there would be more than just a bunch of movies. The creator, Toby Hooper, had read the Ed Gein story with him eating a person, and wearing women’s faces, so he was thinking about making the movie and saw a chainsaw in a hardware store.