Now Streaming in Austin: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Join us tonight for a livetweet of the Lone Star classic
By Richard Whittaker,
8:00AM, Thu. Mar. 26, 2020
Welcome to Now Streaming in Austin, highlighting locally-made movies to watch while self-quarantining. Austin has always been a home to indie cinema, and that legacy began with a bunch of crazy UT grads, a house in the middle of nowhere, and a farm tool: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Tobe Hooper's classic shocker about a bunch of college kids crossing paths with the wrong rural family in what is now suburban Round Rock is one of the definitive statements about the end of 1960s idealism as well as an oft-imitated, rarely-equaled horror masterpiece (read our cast-and-crew reunion interview for more on its cultural legacy, "Cowboys vs. Hippies: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Subtext").
So tonight we're all going to come together for a live tweet of this Austin-made masterpiece. Follow along on Twitter starting at 8pm Central, using the hashtag #NowScreamingInAustin.
There are plenty of options to watch along (not least the great restoration put out by Dark Sky on Blu-ray in time for the 40th anniversary) but right now horror specialists Shudder are offering a free 30-day trial subscription. Sign up at www.shudder.com with the promo code SHUTIN.
So we'll see you online at 8pm Central tonight.