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FEARnyc 2016 Retro Movie Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974
Available now on Amazon Video
Written by Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Starring Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Teri McMinn
Original release date: October 1, 1974
FEARnyc screening: October 21, 2016

When one thinks of the movie title The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, even those who’ve seen the film, we think of gore, bloodshed, and visceral horror. That is the reason, maybe more than any, why The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic of the genre. After watching a special screening on Friday night at the FEARnyc Film Festival in Manhattan, it again amazed me just how little blood and gore are in that film. What director/co-writer Tobe Hooper does use is a hot, disgusting atmospheric vibe; a grotesque arthouse quality, and unnerving sound design and score. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre screening was introduced by FEARnyc director John Capo and hosted by Heather Buckley from Fangoria and Dread Central.

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FEARnyc 2016: Night 1 Hosted ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ & 2 Horror Debuts
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Are you a horror fan loading up on scary movies during the Halloween season? Well, if you live in or around the New York City area, FEARnyc has you covered. Emanating from the Cinema Village on 22 East 12th Street in Manhattan, FEARnyc is the film festival horror fans need and deserve. Featuring a mix of world premieres and classics, the fest runs through next Thursday, October 27th.

I was there last night for the red carpet and a trio of screenings: Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well the U.S. premiere of Lex Ortega’s Atroz and the world premiere of Shawn Burkett’s Don’t Fuck in the Woods. I had a chance to speak with Burkett and producer Chris Gierowski about their new film, so watch for that here real soon, as well as a retro review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Blu-ray Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Collector’s Edition)
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Edition
Director: Tobe Hooper
Screenwriter: L. M. Kit Carson
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Johnson, Bill Moseley, Lou Perryman
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 101 Minutes
Release Date: April 19, 2016

“I’m the Lord of the Harvest!”

When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was released in 1974, it changed the face of horror. Tobe Hooper‘s film, about a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals, remains one of the greatest – and most controversial – horror movies of all time.

Twelve years later, the horror landscape had shifted dramatically. Hooper’s low-budget exploitation flick inspired countless films, including John Carpenter’s Halloween and Ridley Scott’s Alien. By 1986, the slasher subgenre was in full swing, with franchises like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street releasing sequels each year.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Cops, Sharks, Aliens, Knights, and Time Lords
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Welcome to another edition of The Digital Wire, your one-stop resource for the coolest movie and television releases on Blu-ray and DVD yet to come. This week we’ve got an oddball assortment of summer smashes, sci-fi scares, swirling sharks, and more.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.

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Marilyn Burns, Star Of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ Found Dead At Age 65
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Actress Marilyn Burns, best known to horror fans as the heroine of the original 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has been found dead at her home in Houston, TX, according to TMZ. She was 65 years old.

The cause of death has yet to be determined, but it has been reported that Burns was found by a family member.

One of the original scream queens, Burns’ gutsy performance as Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the film’s unsung virtues. The actress managed to convey genuine terror in its most harrowing scenes (though the squalid, brutal filming conditions probably played a big hand in that) and her lungs got the kind of workout that few horror heroines could match at their best moments. Chainsaw‘s shocking impact and box office success failed to catapult Burns to film stardom, but she still find roles regularly throughout the four decades that followed.

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