Holy swinging chainsaw – has it really been 40 years? After I’m done doing a recheck of my gray hair it’s time to unleash the horror that is fantastic because the 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is here!
Let us go back in time – if you dare that is – to 1974 and what were you doing? Oh I think it was the year of bumming out teenagers with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour, gold hitting an all time high, Nixon refusing to hand over tapes to the Watergate Committee, the continuing energy crisis, the Loch Ness Monster is captured on blurry film, Happy Days hits the television airwaves, Mel Brooks delivers BLAZING SADDLES, Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily and a man named Tobe Hooper would screw up our minds forever with THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.
The genre of teens driving across country for what ever reason (in this case to visit a grandfather’s grave) comes to a halt when they pick up a hitch-hiker. Creeped out they are relieved when he gets out of the car. Onward to the family home it becomes clear fairly quickly that this is not going to end with love and hugs – unless your idea of hugging leads to being dinner – literally!
FINAL WORD: What is there to say about this film that hasn’t already been said? I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here because we all know what a fantastic film this is and that Tobe Hooper brought to the genre an aspect of terror imitated over and over again by other films.
Is it odd to say that THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE has a rich history that is iconic in nature and probably the likes of which will not be seen again. What I mean by that is I haven’t seen a film since 1974, which the exception of JAWS for obvious reasons, that left a lasting impression. There are images from this film that can be shown without a word being said and we know what film it came from – those of us who will admit it anyway.
The DVD is loaded, and I mean absolutely loaded with extras. There are four feature commentaries including writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger and Paul A. Partain, production designer Robert Burns. There is also new commentary from Hooper, Pearl, Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou.
The Collector’s Edition Bonus Disc contains: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth, Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw, a Tour of the TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen, Off the Hook with Teri McMinn, The Business of Chain Saw, Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, Grandpa’s Tales: An Interview with John Dugan, Cutting Chain Saw, Blooper Reel – which you just have to see!
DARK SKY FILMS works with emerging filmmakers and veterans to bring feature films to fans. They continue to find amazing talent and original projects to film including the 2011 THE INNKEEPERS, which I loved, and 2013’s HERE COMES THE DEVIL.
TUBS OF POPCORN: Are you kidding? I give THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE five tubs of popcorn out of five. I certainly don’t need any mask wearing crazy knocking on my door because I give the film a bad score! It is a masterpiece of the macabre, storytelling, cinematography and to this day causes some to cringe… still!
The scene with the eyeball and screaming still gets me all weirded out. It’s a never ending assault of every nerve of a human being. I don’t know anyone who isn’t slightly disturbed in one way or another by the film in the sense that if you talk about favorite horror films – this is almost number one every time. It’s an almost ‘hate to love it’ kind of thing.
I can actually hear the narrator say, “The events that day were to lead to the discover of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history” still. If you have never seen the film (and I have to wonder what cave you have been living in), then grab others of your kind and be prepared to know the horror that is within!
In the end – it is a masterpiece in horror!