The movie was a box office success. It was made on a budget of $300,000 and earned more then $30,000,000.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for violence and bad language. The film was originally banned in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and West Germany.
A sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 was released in 1986.
Five friends are visiting their grandpa's old house and are being hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. When they arrive there, Franklin tells Kirk and Pam about a local swimming hole and the couple head off to find it. Instead they stumble upon a nearby house. Kirk calls out, asking for gas, while Pam waits on the front steps. After Kirk receives no answer, he discovers that the door is unlocked and enters the house, where Leatherface appears and kills him.
- Later movies in the series (as well as the movie poster) combine "chain" and "saw" into one word.