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SXSW: Restoring the 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'
40 years on, Tobe Hooper talks about the movie that shocked the world
DAILY Screens  March 7, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...If it hadn't been for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, there'd be no Texas film industry. On Monday, as SXSW 2014 powers into its second week, the roar of the saw will be heard in a new restoration, and director Tobe Hooper will be there to hear the flesh rend...."

Housecore Horror Reunites 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'
Austin hosts the official gathering of the original Lone Star terror
DAILY Screens  May 1, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The wait is over: The Housecore Horror Film Festival has finally announced its headlining movie, and we can already smell the diesel. This October, the Austin metal and horror festival will host the official 40th anniversary cast reunion of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre...."

Cowboys vs. Hippies: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Subtext
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre reflects Austin's culture in 1974
Screens Story  October 2, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...A dead armadillo in the middle of the highway. One of the first images in 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the icon of Austin as roadkill...."

'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Star Marilyn Burns Dies
A sad farewell to Texas' original scream queen
DAILY Screens  August 6, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...One of horror cinema's great lights has gone out. Marilyn Burns, who played Sally Hardesty, the defining last girl in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has died at age 65...."

A 'Texas Chain Saw' Pedigree
‘Butcher Boys’ are after you, and on DVD today
DAILY Screens  October 8, 2013, by Joe O'Connell
"...Meeks and Graves took a college class from Kim Henkel, famed as co-writer of the original Austin horror legend The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Henkel gave advice and served as co-producer on their microbudgeted Wild Man, and gifted the pair with a script called Boneboys about crazed cannibals that had sprinkles of Chain Saw all over it..."

DVDanger: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Bill Moseley on being Chop Top, and living as a horror icon
DAILY Screens  April 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been called the grandfather of Texas independent horror. Its sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 revived the series and brought it back to Austin..."

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas hills are again alive with the sound of chainsaws.
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Film Review  October 17, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Lee Ermey, Andrew Bryniarski and Stephen Lee. Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 production of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which was filmed just outside of Austin proper, remains one of the great subversive family films of the ages..."

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
In this prequel to the original Chainsaw, we learn how Leatherface grew up to become a monster.
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Film Review  October 13, 2006, by Marc Savlov


The Killing Fields, Kind Of
A culinary history of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre farmhouse
Food Story  October 31, 2003, by MM Pack
"...In 1973, cinematic history was made in that house: It served as the primary location for Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a shoestring production of such creative vision that it forever changed the modern landscape of horror films. The movie also definitively changed the destiny of the farmhouse itself, which, like a reticent lady of a certain age, found herself thrust upon a path of notoriety never imagined in her genteel youth..."

The Man Behind the Leatherface Mask
Gunnar Hansen signing "Chain Saw Confidential" at Bookpeople Sunday
DAILY Screens  September 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin may have changed a lot since 1974, when UT student Gunnar Hansen joined a little independent horror film called The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as the hulking butcher Leatherface. One thing stayed the same..."

Texas Chainsaw
Decades after the original, this story about the deranged, backwoods cannibal with a power tool still has legs – and extra 3-D torque.
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Film Review  January 11, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Of all the remakes, reboots, and sequels of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which was first made in 1974, this new film is the one that picks up right where the original film ends. However, even though the legend of the cannibalistic Sawyer clan still grabs our attention, this new film survives on its formulaic horror mechanics and the powerful image of a chain saw wielded in 3-D...."

Alamo South Pulls Out All the Stops For Closing Bash
Cramming everything you love about the Drafthouse into one night
DAILY Screens  December 19, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Cult fave Don Coscarelli will be in attendance to screen his most recent film, John Dies at the End. (When the film screened at SXSW 2012, the Chronicle's Joe O'Connell called it "a singularly slick, otherworldly adventure tale about two guys who take a drug known as soy sauce that gives them psychic powers while unleashing alien baddies intent on destroying the world.") Gorehounds will thrill at the Texas Chain Saw Massacre double feature, wherein original visionary Tobe Hooper will hang around for screenings of his 1974 classic and the upcoming sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D..."

Housecore Horror Relights the Superjoint
Fest adds Superjoint Ritual, Voivod, and a resurrected Gwar
DAILY Music  August 19, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The line-up additions join acts including Danzig/Samhain and a special appearance by Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe. The film side of the fest has already confirmed cast and crew reunions for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2..."

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'The Mangled'
Horror/thriller has big names and bigger ambitions
DAILY Screens  August 30, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Writer/director Lawrence Nelson is taking that mantra very seriously for his forthcoming psychological thriller, The Mangled. He's filming in the original Chain Saw house and pulling in big-name horror actors like Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Edwin Neal (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), John Dugan (Chainsaw again), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), and more...."

Saw
Saw is indeed a horror movie, but not necessarily in the manner the filmmakers intended.
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Film Review  October 29, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Horror aficionados have been hearing for so long now about how distressing, disturbing, and downright deviant Saw was going to be that the level of anticipation was well-nigh on a par with any George Lucas project. Advance word had it that Wan’s film out-sawed Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in terms of sheer visceral suspense, not to mention the extremely high gore quotient (one character has to dig through the entrails of a still-breathing victim to save her own life, which, you have to admit, is no picnic)..."

Beneath the Darkness
This thriller starring Dennis Quaid was filmed in Smithville and Bastrop.
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Film Review  January 6, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...That depends entirely, however, on how much of a Dennis Quaid fan you are. How often do we have the chance to experience the amiable Texan actor channeling not only The Texas Chain Saw Massacre's Edwin Neal but also a manic, Renfield-esque madman? Those are rare pleasures indeed, and Quaid, as Smithville town mortician Vaughn Ely, makes the most of this holiday ham with a wonderfully outrageous assortment of tics, grimaces, and outright faces of death (other people's, that is)...."

Housecore Horror Calls for More 'Saw
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2' revs, plus VHS and 35mm joy
DAILY Screens  August 14, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Housecore Horror Film Festival had already announced that it will be the location of the official 40th anniversary cast and crew reunion of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Now the family gets bigger, with the announcement of special guests from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, and anti-digital joy with special VHS and 35mm screenings...."

The Lights Go Down at South Lamar
Final night at the Alamo Drafthouse mothership
DAILY Screens  January 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...This time, it was an equally loaded card: Benefit screenings of Hausu and Rumble in the Bronx, a special Girlie Night, a Three Stooges marathon and more. But for the horror and genre fans, the big draws were Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli returning with his newest genre-bender, John Dies at the End, and a double bill of home-fried horror as Tobe Hooper presented an archive print of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and its delayed sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D...."

DVDanger: Horror for the Holidays, Part 1
Vintage re-releases for unseasonal scares
DAILY Screens  December 16, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It is comparable in impact and intent to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Like its Lone Star precursor, it's been the victim of censorship (as chronicled here in another extra, the illuminating "Henry vs..."

DVDanger: Digging Up the Marrow
Adam Green on the long and very personal path of his new feature
DAILY Screens  March 28, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...It may seem like self-indulgent, but there's also a dark side. Take the fan who claimed that Victor Crowley, the ghostly slasher of the Hatchet franchise, was real (that's not so unusual: there are still people who will swear on their mother's grave that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actually happened)..."

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