Portrayed by Edwin Neal in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the Hitchhiker got his first action figure several years back courtesy of Mezco’s Cinema of Fear line. It’s a great figure, one I have in my personal collection, but it’s just been one-upped by NECA. We now have in-package photos of NECA’s forthcoming Nubbins Sawyer […]
From crooked hillbillies to Mexican vampires to Satan-worshiping cults, here are 13 horror films set in Texas to add to your watch list. Column by Annie Neugebauer The Texas Chain Saw Massacre might’ve put The Lone Star State on the horror movie map, so to speak, but it’s not the only scare film rooted in Texas. Show More Summary
To this day, nothing is scarier than the very first Leatherface. Previewed last month, Sideshow Collectibles and ThreeZero today introduce the sixth scale Leatherface collectible figure from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Standing 12.6?, this figure features a lifelike accuracy to the character in the horror film (played by the late Gunnar Hansen) and features fabric hair […]
One of the great, blood-freezing moments in all of horror is Leatherface’s first appearance in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s so sudden, so unexpected, so nightmarishly casual. Some poor, dumb teen pokes his head into the wrong farmhouse, turns a corner into a doorway, and there he is: hulking,… Read more...
Like a lot of long-running horror franchises, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” series has become a tangle of rehashes and reboots — mostly dire and uninspired. So gore-hounds should be happy to hear that the new film “Leatherface” is the best “Chain Saw” movie that doesn’t have “Directed by Tobe...
Taking place years before the events of both Texas Chainsaw 3D and the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Leatherface (read our review) dives deep into the troubled family life that turned a young Leatherface into a brutal monster. We get up close and personal with Verna Carson Sawyer in the film, the big guy’s mother. […]
The beginnings of what would become films such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and House of 1000 Corpses can be found in James Whale’s The Old Dark House, a highly unique 1932 gem that has been out of print on home video for quite some time now. As we recently learned, Cohen Media Group will […]
The acclaimed horror director died Saturday.
We’re now just one week away from the return of a horror icon in Leatherface, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s (Inside) prequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Our own Benedict Seal called the film a “graceful gut punch” in his review, so it’s looking like Maury and Bustillo did right by the franchise. […]
With the passing of Tobe Hooper last month, many theaters rushed to book Dark Sky’s 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for exhibition this Halloween season. After all, what better way to pay tribute to Hooper’s game-changing career? Beginning this weekend and straight through Halloween, you’ll be able to catch the 1974 classic up […]
Last week Tobe Hooper died at the age 74, leaving behind a legacy of innovation in horror films that indisputably began with his lurid masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In part because of his roots as a documentarian, there’s a rawness to the film that still makes it infinitely compelling today. But, as a… Read more...
In 1974, the horror genre changed forever. Wes Craven undoubtedly brought a new level of realism to horror cinema with The Last House on the Left in 1972, but one could argue that Tobe Hooper took things one step further with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre just two years later. Gritty, disturbingly authentic and with […]
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a quintessential American horror film, one ingrained in the collective memory of three generations of audiences. So at first blush, hiring a pair of young French filmmakers to helm the franchise’s all-important origins story might seem like an odd choice… until you talk to them, then it makes perfect […]
We’re heading back to Texas this Halloween season to catch up with a horror icon in Leatherface, the origin story of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Among the Living) direct the prequel tale, which gets another new poster this week. Bloody’s Benedict Seal was at the world premiere at FrightFest in […]
“We were presented with an opportunity to reinvent the franchise.” The origin story of a horror icon will be explored in Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Leatherface, a prequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre that’ll be slicing its way into our lives beginning next month. While we wait, you’ll find a 5-minute behind […]
Unfortunately, none are on Netflix. But they can be found elsewhere. Where you can watch Night Terrors? How about Eggshells, the early Tobe Hooper film that predates even The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? In the wake of Hooper’s passing over the weekend, the horror community has been mourning the loss of another legend by revisiting his […]
Tobe Hooper’s cult hit’s reputation as one of the scariest ever obscures the greatness of its empathetic characterizations and beautifully realized shots.
He also directed “Poltergeist” and the zombie-populated music video for a Billy Idol hit.
Tobe Hooper, a pioneer of the horror genre, has died. The filmmaker who taught movie audiences how terrifying a chainsaw can be in the wrong hands in the low-budget 1974 sleeper hit “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” died Saturday in...
Tobe Hooper, the beloved and groundbreaking filmmaker behind such genre classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergiest, died over the weekend in California. The Austin, Texas native became a horror icon when he and some Texas filmmaker friends took an exploitable title and a meager budget and created one of the most terrifying movies […]