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

November 28, 2012

Over the years there have been many remakes the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, and even sequels to go along with the franchise. In January of this year there is yet another remake of the movie set to be released in theaters, which the producers of the film claim that it is based on true events. But just what true events is the movie based on?

Like most movies these days there seems to be little truth or real events that they are based on, if  anything just small tidbits of something. The only event that we could even trace some of the real events that could be tied to this movie is that of a serial killer who actually wore a real skin mask, Ed Gein.

The story goes that in November 1957 in Planfield Wisconsin Ed Gein was living alone in his house after his parents died, due to some incidents that happened in town the police came to his house to question him. Upon knocking on his  door,  the officers noticed what appeared to be deer carcass hanging from one of the windows. As the officer got a closer look at the carcass they noticed it to be that of a human being.

Upon entering Gein’s house they found a number of items, they found all manner of body parts, including skin, a box of preserved female genitalia, a heart in a frying pan, a box of cut-off noses, the sawed-off crania from several skulls, death masks peeled off dead females, a skin vest with female breasts and genitals, and a female scalp with black hair. They also found a woman’s head who had been missing (Bernice Worden) with nails driven through the ears.

In a confession he stated, “When I made these masks, you see, I stuffed them all out with paper so they would dry.”

Did Ed Grein give the inspiration for Leatherface? It would certainly seem so.

Author Tim Wood

Founder and Paranormal Investigator for, I started the world’s first LIVE online paranormal show.


  • Elmokisses8908 February 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    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.

  • Amber Amburgey April 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I know the texas chainsaw from start to end

  • Amber Amburgey April 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Elmokisses8908 is wrong

  • Cory Scholl June 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

    yes the texas chainsaw massacre movie is based on a true story

  • Cory Scholl June 21, 2014 at 4:18 am

    not ed gen

  • Jessica Shelton October 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    the texas chainsaw massacre was terrible event

  • Laxus R Araos March 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

    yeah but why did he kill the people ???

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