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
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and it's a steelbook! What else could you want? It was time for an upgraded version for me, I chose this one, and I couldn't be happier. Dig it!
The only negative would be the bland interior, but I suppose that provides the motivation to do some custom printing and make some inserts!
This classic film has stood the rest of time for those of us who remember it when it first came out as one of the first “found footage “ style films Made on a shoestring budget, the genius is that everything felt so real the acting is akin to what you would expect, sorry no academy awards but if there had been one for disturbing films it would win frankly just the scene of the chase by Leatherface swinging the chainsaw and spinning in the early morning os well worth the price Yes, it’s been remade and I have that also but nothing beats the original
Fantastic film that’s been released a lot over the years, great edition picture looks great and the sound is perfect if you have the right home theater requirement. One of the better horror films out there
I was finally to track this movie down, and in a single pack no less! Great Movie! Nowadays it looks like Best Buy and 2nd or 3rd hand stores are the only reliable areas to purchase horror movies. Everywhere else does not have them. The price was also good .
After viewing several of the previous editions of this horror classic and still being less then satisfied with the overall picture and sound I was beginning to lose hope.... Until THIS came along! When they announced the release of this 40th Anniversary Edition, you can understand my skepticism. But, after reluctantly purchasing it I popped it in my Blu Ray player as soon as I got home. And to my shock (literally) I was blown away. Right off the bat I could tell they took special care with this one. The picture was remarkably crisp. You can always tell when credits role up the screen if a print has been remastered well or not. Because the letters look so well defined. And the rest of the film did not disappoint. Granted, its never been a beautiful looking picture. It was shot on dirt cheap 16mm filmstock. Its safe to say that its a downright ugly piece of work. But one that definitely benefits from its 4K scan and extensive restoration process! Hats off to the guys at Dark Sky Films for their tremendous efforts in cleaning this thing up. It really SHOWS! Those 70s bright colored short shorts from the famous low angle tracking shot of the girl walking up to the house, really pop. The picture retains a thick layer of natural grain but for once Im glad they didnt tamper with that and try to smooth it out with digital noise reduction because in that very grain lies fine detail and it is stunning. The overall sharpness is a major improvement over anything else that has come before. And as I mentioned before, colors are nice and vivid. This is definitely the BEST the film has ever looked. And about its "gritty" texture, if youre anything like me then you will appreciate that it adds to the grindhouse feel of the movie. Now for the sound. This is where this Blu Ray really SHINES! I thought I was blown away by the picture, but the sound actually beats it. This 7.1 DTS HD-MA remix takes full advantage of the rear speakers and will have you ducking and flinching as the chainsaw zoomz all around the soundstage. It truely is scary all over again. Its powerful and though it will never be a sonic experience like any modern horror film (obviously this wasnt shot yesterday) it is a DARN GOOD listen! Very enveloping and frightening. Even in the quieter moments there are subtle sounds of ambience surrounding you at all times. Crickets, wind, etc. But when Leatherface revs up his chainsaw its like watching it for the first time all over again. Its truely a revelation. As for the special features, this release is packed with enlightening bonus content both recycled and brand new features that are sure to peak your interest. Its always fun to hear war stories about the actors' and filmmakers' experiences while making this horror masterpiece. And as an added bonus, it also comes with standard definition DVDs of the film and the special features (4 discs in all) so thats a plus. The only reason I didnt give it a flawless 5-star rating is because it doesnt have any other language tracks. Just the new 7.1 mix, the 5.1 track, a 2.0 stereo track and the original mono sound. But it woulda been cool to have a Spanish language audio track or something. Other than that its amazing and, in my opinion, the DEFINITIVE version of this cult classic!
Movie is a low-budget classic and by today slick and surface slasher movie standards but for any horror or film movie buff it’s a must see at least once and just remember that at the time this movie came nothing like it had been imagined.