The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Two main movies, the first one released in 1974 and the second in 2003.
Everybody knows even withtout having seen the movie, what is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this movie made famous the chainsaw!

But I have to begin with the true story behind these movies, because there is one…

The life of Edward Gein

The movie is lightly based on the real life of this man who, as always for every murderers, had a tough childhood and a lot of problems with his mother.

His mother was deeply religious and his father was alcoolic. He also had a brother, Henry, who died in 1944 in a wildfire, maybe killed by Edward.

His mother was over-possessive and warned them about the dangers of loose women. Him and his brother grew up without meeting any woman except their mother, creepy…

Their father died of a heart failure in 1940, and their mother of a cancer in 1945. After her death, he stopped working at the farm and began to read books about human anatomy.

He began to dig up women bodies in the cemetery to take off their genital organ, their chest…
From 1954 he began to killed women in order to disembowel and dismember them, cut their skin up, and keep some body parts in his fridge: ears, genital organs…
He also made for himself fancy dress with their skin, to dress like a woman, with a real breast…

His last murder was in 1957 (Bernice Worden), and thanks to a mistake her son was able to lead the police to Edward’s house. It ended his psycho massacre.

He was sentenced to life but declared insane, so he was locked up in an asylum until 1984 when he died of an heart failure.

He never used a chainsaw, but we can easily understand how his story gave some ideas to the movies.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The movie of 1974 put the basics of the slasher horror style:

  • A killer more a beast than a human, killing coldly…
  • nice-looking and scantily dressed students…
  • with conventionnal and power tools…
  • in an inconceivable brutality and violence.

All this with in a documentary style to make you believe you are the next on the killer’s list.

The movie of 2003 followed the same rules but put aside the documentary angle to focus on the action.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the main horror movies, a cornerstone for the slasher style.

So, take care in the woods, because who knows, maybe the lumberjack you will bump into is a psycho killer 😉

Savage Worlds

If you want to play a game where you will try to survive leatherface, you have everything you need here 🙂

The tough guy

Attributes: Agility d6 , Smarts d4, Spirit d4, Strenght d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d8, Driving d4, Fighting d8, Intimidation d4, Lockpicking d4, Notice d4, Shooting d6, Throwing d6
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Loyal, Stubborn
Edges: Attractive, 1 combat edge
Equipment: None, you are a victim

The nice-looking girl

Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strenght d4, Vigor d4
Skills: Cimbing d4, Driving d4, Fighting d6, Healing d4, Lockpicking d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d8, Shooting d4, Throwing d6
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 4
Hindrances: Loyal, Cautious (to play the girl who survives) or Clueless (to play the dumb one)
Edges: Attractive, 1 combat edge (to play the girl who survives) or Very attractive (to play the dumb one)
Equipment: None, you are a victim

The nerd

Attributes: Agility d4, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strenght d4, Vigor d6
Skills: Climbing d4, Driving d4, Fighting d4,  Investigation d6, Knowledge d8 (Urban legends), Lockpicking d4, Notice d4, Shooting d4, Taunt d8, Throwing d4
Charisma: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 4; Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Small, (Obese or Ugly or Anemic), (Big Mouth or Quirk)
Edges: Danger Sense, Alertness, Luck
Equipment: None, you are a victim

The fake cop

This is a Wild Card NPC.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d8, Spirit d8, Strenght d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d8, Driving d8, Fighting d8, Intimidation d10, Notice d8, Shooting d10, Stealth d6, Taunt d8, Throwing d8, Tracking d8
Charisma: -2; Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Bloodthirsty, Mean
Edges: Quick, Combat Reflexes, First Strike, Hard to Kill, Marskman, No Mercy, Strong Willed
Equipment: Billy club, S&W (.357), an old police car


This is a Wild Card NPC.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d4, Spirit d10, Strenght d12+2, Vigor d12+2
Skills: Fighting d12, Intimidation d12, Notice d12, Tracking d12
Charisma: -6; Pace: 8; Parry: 8; Toughness: 10
Hindrances: Very Ugly, Bloodthirsty, Mean
Edges: Berserk, Brawny, Counterattack, First Strike, Frenzy, Hard to Kill, Level headed, Improved Nerves of Steel, No Mercy, Sweep, Improved Trademark Weapon, Mighty Blow
Equipment: Chainsaw, a human leather mask

This is not a setting where your players can hope to survive like in other games. You can play with a maximum of 5 players, and you can add some lesser NPCs.
Try to split the PC’s group, their only hope is either to betray amongst themselves or really play like a team, but who will survive?


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