Austin Books & Comics
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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)..."
"...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)...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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)..."