The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Does that make me crazy?

Yes, yes, it probably does.

Delivering one of the most committed performances in film history, Marilyn Burns goes totally bonkers as a woman staying one frantic step ahead of a meat-hungry family.

It’s easy to look scared onscreen.

Burns does something else entirely, seeming to slip out of sanity.

There are moments when she seems totally unhinged — as you would be if a large gentleman with a forever-buzzing saw was stalking you — and, in those moments, this feels real.

Good lord, did she sell mania like no other actress before, or after her.

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