Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A few years ago, I made a pilgrimage to the original locations where Tobe Hooper shot his 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and wrote about the experience at ScreenCrush. The home of the cannibalistic Sawyer family has been relocated to Kingsland, Texas, where it is now a quaint restaurant. The original site of the house now overlooks an overpass and the developers are closing in. You can now see a Little Caesar’s and a Crossfit gym from the formerly isolated cemetery where the film begins. And the gas station where the Sawyer family cooks up their victims had fallen into miserable disrepair and looked ready to topple over in a stiff breeze.
But now, that dilapidated gas station in Bastrop, Texas is getting a second chance. Bilbo’s Texas Landmark is being transformed into a horror movie-themed barbecue restaurant and resort.
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I’m with Nicolas Winding Refn on the subject of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre — it is among the very best horror films, and a unique film achievement regardless of genre. There’s simply nothing else like it, sequels, remakes and imitators be damned. If you’ve never seen the film on the big screen, it’s an experience that can’t be recommended highly enough. This summer you might have a chance to catch it in cinemas, thanks to a new re-release. Check out a trailer for the Texas Chain Saw Massacre restoration below, and prepare yourself. Read More »
Nicolas Winding Refn, director of films such as Drive and Valhalla Rising, is a big horror fan. In fact, to hear him tell it, a horror film is responsible for his desire to make movies in the first place. At Cannes this year, Refn introduced a screening of the 4k restoration of Tobe Hooper‘s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as part of the the Directors’ Fortnight program.
Refn’s long intro to the movie is an enthusiastic expression of love for the film, and has plenty of humor. After Tobe Hooper is introduced he mentions “my dear friend Nicolas,” to which Refn quips “we just met.” But Refn’s estimation that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a masterpiece is spot-on, however. There’s no other horror film like it. Watch the intro below. Read More »
As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.
I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunes‘ entries, is already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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