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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [40th Anniversary] [Black Maria Limited Edition] [Blu-ray] [1974]

Release Date:10/14/2014
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Tobe Hooper's influential cult classic continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and "career" of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, which began with Alfred Hitchcock's own influential cult classic Psycho. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and several other friends together to see if grandpa's remains are still in one piece. While in the area, Sally and her friends decide to visit grandfather's old farmhouse. Unfortunately, a family of homicidal slaughterhouse workers who take their job home with them have taken over the house next door. Included amongst the brood is Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), a chainsaw-wielding human horror show who wears a face mask made out of human skin. Sally's friends are rapidly exterminated one-by-one by the next-door neighbors, leaving only Sally left to fight off Leatherface and his clan.~Paul Brenner


4 Feature Commentaries:

Writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper, actor Gunnar Hansen, cinematographer Daniel Pearl

Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain, and production designer Robert Burns

NEW commentary with writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper

NEW commentary with cinematographer Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou

Collector's Edition Bonus Disc:

The Texas Chinsaw 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: an interview with production manager Ron Bozman

New deleted scenes & outtakes

Grandpa's tales: an interview with John Dugan

Cutting Chain Saw: an interview with editor J. Larry Carroll

Deleted scenes & outtakes

Blooper reel

Still gallery

40th anniversary trailer


TV spots

Radio spots

Exclusive Bonus Disc:

The Cinefamily presents FRIEDKIN/HOOPER: a conversation about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre between William Friedkin and Tobe Hooper