The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: how low-budget filmmaking created a classic

Ryan Lambie Nov 2, 2017

Far from a curse, Tobe Hooper's tiny budget made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a timeless horror classic...

In the summer of 1973, the cast and crew of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were suffering through what was, by most accounts, a thoroughly miserable shoot. The heat and humidity were almost unbearable; the interior location where much of the film's third act took place, an old farmhouse outside Round Rock, was dressed with animal bones and blood, which had begun to stink in the broiling Texas air. The stench was so bad that some crewmembers were throwing up outside between takes.

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Directed by Tobe Hooper, then a largely unknown 20-something filmmaker from Austin, the film's painfully low budget only added to the misery. Funds didn't stretch to a wardrobe of multiple costumes, so the cast
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Eaten Alive

Shaggy maniac Neville Brand was born on the bayou. He lives by his high morals and so just can't resist feeding random visitors to his gargantuan crocodile. If they resist that idea, he uses a giant scythe for a persuader. Tobe Hooper's sopho-gore feature boasts several name stars, plus, in this new edition, a brightly colored, picture-perfect transfer. Eaten Alive Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (U.S.) 1976 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter, Horror Hotel / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Crystin Sinclaire, Janus Blythe, Betty Cole. Cinematography Robert Caramico Special Effects Robert A. Mattey Makeup Effects Frank Gluck Confirmed Original Music Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper Written by Alvin Fast, Mardi Rustam, Kim Henkel Produced by Mardi Rustam Directed by Tobe Hooper

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Tobe Hooper is an odd duck
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SXSW: Tobe Hooper talks about the new, restored version of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' -- Exclusive Poster

SXSW: Tobe Hooper talks about the new, restored version of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' -- Exclusive Poster
On Monday, March 10, a forty-year-old terror will return to Austin, Tx., when a newly restored version of horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is screened at the SXSW Festival ahead of the movie’s theatrical rerelease this summer. “It’s great on the big screen,” says filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who cowrote and directed the infamous 1974 film in the countryside outside of Austin, and also worked on the restoration. “It’s in 7.1 sound that completely wraps around you and in 4K . The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did.”

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Revisiting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Revisiting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Like most of you out there, anytime a new entry in a horror franchise is about to hit theaters, I can’t help but revisit all the previous entries in that franchise to prep me properly for the theatrical going experience. And seeing billboards plastered all over town with Leatherface’s visage has put me in a post-Christmas Texas Chainsaw Massacre kind of mood! So what better way to ring in the New Year than with Leatherface and family? We’ll have to go back to the very beginning with Tobe Hooper’s infamous 1973 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

I can’t remember exactly how I discovered the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I do know that when I was around 12 years old, I was already helping myself to a steady diet of horror titles courtesy of the mom & pop owned video store on the corner from where I lived.
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From Goblin to Morricone: the art of horror movie music

The scariest horror films don't just make you want to cover your eyes, but your ears, too. Stephen Thrower on movie music with real menace

Please note: some of the links in this article point to gory or graphic horror movie scenes

There are two schools of thought when it comes to film music: some say you should scarcely notice it, while others are attuned to every flattened fifth. Being a musician as well as a film journalist, I've always been staunchly in the latter camp (although I did have to look up "flattened fifth"). It seems inconceivable to me that we should fail to notice something as profoundly affecting as a movie soundtrack, and that goes double for the horror genre.

From the moment Bernard Herrmann's violins assaulted the shower-loving public in Psycho, horror soundtracks have rarely been content as mere background gloop. James Bernard's music for
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Malevolence Score/ Soundtrack Coming In February!

Howlin' Wolf Records will release the complete score/soundtrack to Malevolence in February of 2009! The film's score was composed by writer/director Stevan Mena and evokes the early composition work of John Carpenter, Charles Bernstein and Wayne Bell. It's a beautiful, beautiful score and this writer is happy it's finally going to be publicly available! Below you can check out the CD cover art. Howlin' Wolf Records is releasing the CD in a limited edition pressing of only 1500 copies in February so check in on their website Here for all the details!
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