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‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration’ Review

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Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan | Written by Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel | Directed by Tobe Hooper

When it comes to horror one of the most effective things is the unstoppable monster, the overpowering force that towers above the victim taking all control out of the situation and bringing death, pain and destruction. With Second Sight’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration on Blu-ray we get to celebrate one of the true legendary monsters, one that is still effective today as it was the first time he lumbered his way through the doorway and onto our screens.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a deceptive film, with an infamous history of being one of the most intense experiences in horror there is a surprising lack of actual gore. What the film does though
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‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan | Written by Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel | Directed by Tobe Hooper

When it comes to horror one of the most effective things is the unstoppable monster, the overpowering force that towers above the victim taking all control out of the situation and bringing death, pain and destruction. With Second Sight’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 4oth Anniversary Restoration on Blu-ray we get to celebrate one of the true legendary monsters, one that is still effective today as it was the first time he lumbered his way through the doorway and onto our screens.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a deceptive film, with an infamous history of being one of the most intense experiences in horror there is a surprising lack of actual gore. What the film does though
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Blu-ray Review – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration, 1974.

Directed by Tobe Hooper.

Starring Marilyn Burns, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain and John Dugan.

Synopsis:

A day in the Texan backwoods turns into a nightmare for a group of young hippies as they encounter a family of chainsaw-wielding cannibals.

Tobe Hooper’s classic tour-de-force of terror The Texas Chain Saw Massacre turns 40 this year – hence the title – and the wizards at Second Sight Films have put together a spanking 2-disc Blu-ray set that not only has as many extras as you can fit on a disc – including some brand new commentaries by Tobe Hooper, cinematographer Daniel Pearl and other crew members, plus some never-seen-before featurettes – but features a marvellous 4K restoration of the film that may be the total opposite of the grindhouse aesthetic of the movie but hey – it’s only one of
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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman,
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[Home Invasion] New Blu-ray Releases For October 14, 2014

There’s a lot of limited releases coming out this year. This week, specialty film distributor “Twilight Time” is dropping a bunch of rare titles. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights for September 14, 2014:

The Blob. United States. Screen Archives Entertainment Exclusive /Limited Edition to 5000. Twilight Time. 1988.

Summary:

Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government agents try to cover up the evidence and confine the creature. (Source)

Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season. United States. Paramount Pictures. 2014.

Summary:

In Victorian London, figures such as explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, enigmatic medium Vanessa Ives, and others combat supernatural forces. Murray is searching for his adult daughter, now a vampire,
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New on Video: ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Written by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper

Directed by Tobe Hooper

USA, 1974

Now a legendary horror film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as it seems to be called just as often (hereafter Tcsm either way), was at the time of its release a most unusual feature. Why the movie still resonates today though, why it still has such a strong cult following, and why it remains one of the genre’s greatest entries, is for many of the same reasons it was so groundbreaking in 1974. The Vietnam-era angst has since dissipated (or has perhaps been replaced by a new sort of battle fatigue) and the notion of a post-Night of the Living Dead horror film renaissance has certainly gone by the wayside, but Tcsm remains just as expressive and as masterfully effective it ever was.

The opening scroll touts
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September 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Sleepy Hollow, The Dead 2, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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For the week of September 16th, horror and sci-fi fans have a multitude of new and familiar title releases to choose from- everything from new indie horror movies to classic films getting an HD overhaul to a handful of TV series making their Blu-ray and DVD debuts.

To get everyone ready for the upcoming Fall TV season, this week sees the home debuts of the most recent seasons of Grimm, Hannibal, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow and From Dusk Till Dawn and classic horror fans should be happy to see HD releases for a few favorites as well, like Dark Sky Film’s 40th anniversary edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eraserhead from Criterion, Anchor Bay’s 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray of Silent Night, Deadly Night and Sony’s special edition gift set for Ghostbusters/Ghostbusters II, which also contains an awesome Slimer collectible that would be a great addition to any fans’ collection.
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD Revealed

As Sally Hardesty’s strength diminished with Hitchhiker and Leatherface hot on her heels, the Black Maria cattle truck came to her aid near the end of Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 horror film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Immortalizing the truck is Mpi/Dark Sky Films, which has just unveiled the The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD.

A four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack that will be available exclusively at www.gorgon-video.com beginning on September 16th (with a suggested retail price of $99.98) before hitting retail shelves on October 14th, The Limited Deluxe Black Maria Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of four new home media versions of the film, all of which contain a new 4k digital transfer and a fresh 7.1 surround sound mix. Already known as one of the most visceral horror films ever released, the remastered sound
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Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Releases Detailed

We all knew that there would be a new Blu-ray release of Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre back when they started screening a new 4K scan of the film in theaters, so when it went up on Amazon as a pre-order, it came as no surprise. However, shortly thereafter, something appeared on Amazon that intrigued fans, and came with absolutely no explanation. It was called the Black Maria Limited Edition, and cost $70.00. Now, a lot of us have already pre-ordered Scream Factory’s $80.00 Nightbreed set, so that kind of price for a single movie isn’t exactly unprecedented, but up until that point, not a single thing had been announced in regards to this set, so it has remained a mystery until today. A press release was sent out, detailing all of the specifics of all of the various releases, including a description, and photo of the contents of the mysterious Limited Edition.
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary Blu-ray / DVD Cover Art & Bonus Features Revealed

Leatherface and his cannibal clan are currently on the road and appearing at select theaters courtesy of Mpi/Dark Sky Films, as a new 4k transfer of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been unveiled to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. The sweltering summer horror classic is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this September, and the cover art and special features have now been revealed.

The 40th anniversary version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will come out in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and a sole Blu-ray release on September 16th.

“A tale of five 20-somethings whose free-spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of a monstrous clan of Texas cannibals and find themselves being whittled away by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.”

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Bonus Features (thanks to Amazon!
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Full Schedule Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!

From the Press Release

The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado
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How Kimberly Peirce Brought 'Carrie' Back to Life

Taking on a classic is a gutsy move, even for an award-winning filmmaker. And when director Kimberly Peirce signed on to re-imagine Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," about a teenage girl with telekinetic powers hellbent on revenge, she knew she had some sky-high expectations to meet.

"I'd make a joke and say, 'I didn't give a f*ck,' but of course I felt pressure!" she told us recently while doing press for "Carrie." "But I think pressure is good."

All that pressure had Peirce thinking long and hard about what it would mean to sign on to a project of this scale, with its history and existing fan base. Having made just one film, 2008's "Stop-Loss," since her 1999 directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry," it's clear, as a filmmaker, she doesn't make decisions lightly.

"I walked into this feeling a huge responsibility, much like I did with 'Boys Don't Cry
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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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Film4 FrightFest 2010 Releases Schedule

The UK's most amazing horror film festival Film4 FrightFest has released what could very well be another one of the best horror line-ups we've seen ever for its latest show taking place from Thursday the 26th of August to Monday the 30th of August, brimming with films we've been salivating over Stateside!

From the Press Release

This year there are eight British films in the main programme (another record) including Monsters, Gareth Edwards’ sensational post-Apocalyptic debut, The Ford Brothers’ Cannes-hyped African Zombie flick The Dead and Johannes Roberts F – in which a school gets a lesson in horror! Other home-grown titles are Dead Cert (East-End gangsters meet Eastern European vampires), Isle Of Dogs (nasty gangland horror), Paul Andrew Williams’ harrowing Cherry Tree Lane and werewolf thriller 13Hrs. Plus, Jake West will be presenting his in-depth documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape, which will be followed by a Q & A panel discussion.
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Complete Film4 Frightfest Lineup Announced!

The complete lineup for the 2010 edition of the Film4 Frightfest has just been announced and, as usual, it is a quality selection of the best in horror film from the UK and around the world. The program splits into two programs - the main lineup and sidebar Discovery program - and you'll find both below!

Programme = Screen 1

Thursday Aug 26

6.30pm Hatchet II  (World Premiere)

FrightFest continues its strong relationship with Adam Green by hosting the world premiere of the sequel to his 2006 slasher sensation. Picking up right where the splatter-tastic original ended, Marybeth escapes the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling iconic killer Victor Crowley. After learning the truth about her family's connection to the hatchet-wielding madman, Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact the bloodiest revenge against the bayou butcher. Delivering unapologetically unrestrained gushers of gore,
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Teri McMinn Talks Meathooks, Chainsaws, and Massacres

As any horror fan worth their salt knows, back in 1974, a little film was released (or unleashed) upon the public with the off-putting yet intriguing title, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Most horror folks have heard all the stories about the film including The Dinner Scene shoot and about the deal with Bryanston, which led to years of legal wrangling. The cast has, to one degree or another, stayed in the public eye and director Tobe Hooper, Dp Daniel Pearl and Production Manager Ron Bozman all moved on to other films, even an Oscar win.

But one cast member has remained mysteriously quiet. And she is the most iconic of them all – Pam, the girl on the hook. Every TCM poster has her image along with Gunnar Hansen’s Leatherface, but no one really knew what happened to her once the film was wrapped. Now, Teri McMinn, who so memorably played Pam,
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Win! Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Limited Edition on DVD

Just in time for a Halloween we have a copy of the three disc special edition of Texas Chain Saw Massacre to give away on DVD to My Hollywood News Members. This is a steel box 'Ultimate Limited Edition' of the movie to be given away to a lucky member. All you have to do is login to My Hollywood News and join our Horror group before Halloween (October 31st). The first name out of the hat after that date wins the DVD.

First released to a shocked public in 1974, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a terrifyingly dark tale, based (very loosely) on factual events. This controversial, brilliantly atmospheric, occasionally darkly funny film tells of the tragedy that befalls a group of five teenagers one summer afternoon. A blueprint for a generation of film-makers and undiminished by time, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of
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