Marilyn Burns, Star Of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ Found Dead At Age 65

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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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Batman, Godzilla, Apes, Kubrick, Krull & more!

We the awesome and tireless Geeks of Doom have long covered nearly every hallowed territory of the pop culture domain. Now that we have a regular column devoted to upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release news called The Digital Wire that will be written each week by yours truly, you can consider us truly invincible.

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.

This week we have Batman, Godzilla, Apes, Kubrick, Krull, and more!

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Shout! Factory To Release ‘UHF,’ ‘Escape From New York,’ ‘Mad Max,’ and More On Blu-ray

A week ago I wrote a retrospective article on the 25th anniversary of “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s supremely silly cult classic UHF and ended it with these words:

The movie may one day see a release on Blu-ray and now that Yankovic’s career is hotter than ever thanks to the success of his latest album Mandatory Fun it wouldn’t be inconceivable for a company like Shout! Factory to distribute an HD edition.

I automatically assumed at the time that Shout! would pick up the license to release UHF on Blu-ray because it’s an MGM title and they typically distribute that studio’s lesser-loved catalog entries. Plus this year would be the most appropriate time for a UHF Blu because the movie celebrates its silver anniversary in 2014 and anniversaries always look good on a Blu-ray/DVD cover. But I had no idea that when Shout! announced its upcoming home video release slate over the weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con they would be including a new 25th anniversary edition of UHF among some of their better-known titles.

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Blu-ray Review: Body Bags

Body Bags
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Directed by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper
Written by Billy Brown and Dan Angel
Starring Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Mark Hamill, Alex Datcher, David Warner, Deborah Harry, Twiggy, John Carpenter
Scream! Factory
Release Date: Nov. 19th 2013

Three tales of terror are waiting for you to discover them in the anthology horror movie, Body Bags. The first two tales, “The Gas Station” and “Hair” are directed by John Carpenter, while the final segment, “Eye,” is directed by Tobe Hooper. The script was brought to the attention of producer Sandy King by a pair of new writers who would go on to write for several “˜tween horror television series including Goosebumps and R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

In “The Gas Station,” a young woman’s first night on the job as a gas station attendant covering the graveyard shift is continuously interrupted by a barrage of creatures of the night, including a machete-wielding madman.

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Blu-ray Review: Lifeforce (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Screenwriter: Dan O’Bannon, Don Jakoby
Cast: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart
Scream Factory
Rated R | 116 Minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2013

Directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), 1985’s Lifeforce stars Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, and Patrick Stewart. Based on Colin Wilson‘s 1976 novel, The Space Vampires, Lifeforce arrives on Blu-ray June 18, 2013, and features both the film’s original theatrical version and longer international.

Presented by Scream! Factory, Lifeforce follows the crew of the space shuttle Churchill, who discover a 150-mile long spacecraft hidden in the corona of Halley’s Comet. Inside the craft the crew finds hundreds of dead, desiccated bat-like creatures and three naked humanoid bodies in suspended animation within crystal coffins.

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