Nubbins Sawyer
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The Hitchhiker
Franchise: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Notability: Main character
Type: Serial killer
Gender: Male
Location: Muerto County, Newt, Texas
Known relatives: See family
Status: Deceased
Died: August, 1973
1st appearance: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974)
Final: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)
Actor: Edwin Neal
Deyan Angelov
Hristo Milev

Nubbins Sawyer is a fictional psychopath and cannibal featured in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series. He appeared in the original 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, where he was identified only as the Hitchhiker. He was played by actor Edwin Neal in that film. The character also appeared as a rotting corpse in the 1986 sequel film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. A prop body was used for these scenes. In the 2017 prequel film Leatherface, actors Deyan Angelov and Hristo Milev portrayed a young Nubbins.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Young Nubbins circa 1955.

Nubbins Sawyer, sometimes known simply as the Hitchhiker, was a member of a family of serial murderers and cannibals. In 1973, Sawyer was responsible for robbing graves at the Muerto County Cemetery in Texas, re-arranging the remains of the deceased and propping them up in bizarre positions. The other members of his family discouraged this practice, as it drew too much attention to their more horrific activities.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Returning from one of his outings one morning, he was seen hitchhiking down the road when he was picked up by five youths driving by in their van. They decided to pick him up and learned that he worked at a nearby slaughterhouse. Sawyer made an impression on the invalid Franklin Hardesty, whom he spoke to at length. During their uncomfortable conversation, he borrowed Franklin's pocket knife and cut open his own hand. He then took a photograph of Franklin with his Polaroid camera and demanded $2.00 for the print. When they refused to pay for the picture, Sawyer placed it onto a piece of aluminum foil, spread some powder on it, then lit it on fire. The group pulled off to the side of the road and kicked Sawyer out. As he struggled with them, he withdrew his own straight razor and cut Franklin across the arm. The van pulled away, but Sawyer ran after it. He managed to smear a bloody hand across the side of the van, forming a bizarre symbol.

Later that evening, Sawyer returned to the family farmhouse. His older sibling, Drayton Sawyer, had come home with one of the youths, Sally Hardesty, tied up in a burlap sack. Drayton admonished Nubbin for his actions in the cemetery and beat him severely with a broken broom handle in the driveway.

Sally Hardesty was brought inside the farmhouse where she was tortured at length by Nubbin, Drayton and their psychotic little brother "Leatherface". Under the direction of Drayton, Nubbin ran upstairs to collect their aging grandfather and brought him to the dinner table. They cut Sally's finger open and fed her blood to the grandfather.

Sally managed to escape and ran out of the house, but Nubbin chased after her. Hot on her heels, he slashed at Sally's back with his straight razor and followed her onto the highway. Sawyer was struck by an oncoming cattle truck and died instantly. His remains were collected by the family who held onto them for many years.

The surviving Sawyers eventually left Muerto County and set up shop inside an abandoned amusement park. Nubbins' skeletal remains were propped up at the dinner table as if he were a living guest. An accident involving a hand grenade destroyed the interior chamber and Nubbin's skeleton was destroyed as well.

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • To prepare for the role of the Hitchhiker, actor Edwin Neal drew upon behavioral patterns of his nephew who suffered from dementia. [1]
  • Edwin Neal is quoted as saying "Filming that scene was the worst time of my life... and I had been in Vietnam, with people trying to kill me, so I guess that shows how bad it was". [2]
  • A more graphic scene of the Hitchhiker being struck by the truck and landing on the hot asphalt was filmed, but was not included in the original film, much to the chagrin of Edwin Neal, who stated that it was one of the most difficult scenes in the movie for him to film.

Family[edit | edit source]

It is believed by many that the Sawyers may be inbred. There is no concrete evidence of any sort of incest in the family lineage, though the exact relationship between each member is subject to interpretation.

  • Drayton Sawyer: Brother; oldest of the Sawyer siblings and head of the household.
  • Bubba Sawyer: Brother; also known as Leatherface; younger sibling.
  • Chop-Top Sawyer: Brother; Twin brother to Nubbins; older sibling.
  • Grandpa Sawyer: Grandfather; barely alive and looks more like a living corpse than a person.
  • Mama Sawyer: Mother; Nothing is known of this woman save that her remains were kept in a rocking chair in the Sawyer farmhouse.
  • Great-Grandma Sawyer: A large woman whose rotting remains were kept by the Sawyer family and moved to their underground sanctuary.

Body Count[edit | edit source]

  • Betty Hartman - Dropped a chain-suspended vehicle engine onto her after she had fallen through a floorboard trap.

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References[edit | edit source]

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This article relates to the works of film maker Tobe Hooper.
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