This movie is seriously scary and pretty twisted. Some of the things you see... well, I'm not even sure that kind of thing would fly today. I mean even when I saw the 2009 remake (which got an R rating), they had tamed it down quite a bit. And after reading about the making of the film online, I was pretty shocked to discover that Craven had intended it to be even more "hardcore" and "graphic," but was advised to edit it down to a softer film before it was released. Nevertheless, the film still faced problems with censorship and was even banned in the UK in the 1980s into the 1990s.
This film seems to be under-appreciated but it truly is good, homespun sadism at its best! Oh, and who can forget that awesome banjo music? Classic!