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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ((HOT))

When Sally hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Good lord. My soul feels so thoroughly drained. Hard to use more words to describe this film besides "upsetting." A blunt, hot, southern Gothic exploitation film with all the subtlety of a, uh, chainsaw. Sharply turns from simply "weird" to "horrifying" and makes quick waste of its characters like target practice cans on a fence. I don't even remember if there was a score to the movie or if the sound was just alternating tracks of Marilyn Burns' exasperated screams and a revving chainsaw. That dinner scene was absolutely haunting. I gotta watch some fuckin Simpsons eps before bed just so I don't risk dreaming of Grandpa.

Once you step inside, you're greeted with a cooler full of soft drinks and Shiner Bock beer that's surrounded by Texas Chain Saw memorabilia. Here, you can get a BBQ lunch and browse the restaurant's horror-themed gift shop. If you're brave, you can even stay the night in one of the four cabins out back. General manager Cory Young is a lifelong fan of horror and heavy metal, as well as a local who grew up in neighboring Smithville; as he tells The Texas Bucket List, he often gets requests from tourists who ask him to rev up a chainsaw late at night to frighten their kids. He'd love to, but can't because of insurance regulations, he says, adding, "If you hear a chainsaw, run, because it isn't us."

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ends with one of the most memorable final sequences in horror history, as Leatherface stands in the middle of a dirt road waving his chainsaw in frustration after "final girl" Sally escapes in the back of a pickup truck driven by a passing motorist. The filming of this scene came dangerously close to disaster: In his autobiography, Chain Saw Confidential, Hansen recalls standing out on that dirt road early in the morning after a long night of filming, wildly swinging a real, functioning chainsaw while half-delirious from lack of sleep. At one point, the chainsaw came within inches of Hooper, who was filming Hansen in close-up. Wild man that he was, Hooper included the shot that almost killed him in the final film.

Five friends travelling through rural Texas stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within. The group soon find themselves picked off, one-by-one, by a masked madman with a chainsaw.

In this remake it's still 1973, but you would never know it by the fashions and hairstyles of the hip young cast. They're on their way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in Dallas, but get slowed down when they pick up a hitchhiker who blows her brains out all over their van. The gory events that follow the suicide (which involve Leatherface, a disfigured man who uses human flesh for a mask, his chainsaw, and his equally crazy family) don't make a ton of sense, and it doesn't really matter--it's all just an excuse to bring on the blood and guts.

So, true story or not? Certainly there was no real family of cannibalistic chainsaw murderers slaughtering people in Texas, nor any actual series of chainsaw-related killings. Writer/director Tobe Hooper said the inspiration for the film came from his spotting a display of chainsaws while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store:

Here's what Tobe (director) and Kim (writer) told me themselves one night during the filming. They had heard of Ed Gein, the man in Plainfield, Wisconsin, who was arrested in the late 1950s for killing his neighbor and on whom the movie Psycho was based. So when they set out to write this movie, they decided to have a family of killers who had some of the characteristics of Gein: the skin masks, the furniture made from bones, the possibility of cannibalism. But that's all. The story itself is entirely made up. So, sorry folks. There never was a massacre in Texas on which this was based. No chainsaw either. And, in spite of those of you who have told me you remember when it happened, it really didn't happen. Really. Believe me. This is an interesting phenomenon. I've also had people tell me that they knew the original Leatherface, that they had been guards at the state prison in Huntsville, Texas, where he was a prisoner. Maybe they knew somebody who dreamed of being Leatherface. It is, I suppose, something to aspire to.

Actor Andrew Bryniarski has the distinction of playing Leatherface twice, first in the 2003 remake, and then in this follow-up prequel that looks into the roots of our favorite cannibal. We meet him as a thirty-year-old man working in a slaughterhouse. When the slaughterhouse is shut down, he snaps and kills his manager, then takes a found chainsaw with him. For a vast majority of the film his face is not covered with a skinned face but a Hannibal Lecter-like contraption. This changes when he kills a young man played by Matt Bomer, then skins his face and puts it on as a mask. Leatherface as we know him is born. As with the later films, there is no deep look at the man behind the mask. The reliance on gore and violence over suspense leaves him feeling again like just another slasher. Still, he is a massive and frightening presence, and despite its flaws, he is surrounded by a fun film.

Entering the soundstage, guests found themselves in front of the Sawyer Gas Station. They would wind their way around the gas pumps and go across the front of the station. The scent of barbecue filled the air as they proceeded. Before they turn to enter the building, Leatherface would run at guests from behind a fence on the left wielding his chainsaw. Guests would then enter the station around the back.

Guests walked through an outdoors section lined with fences. A dead pig could be seen lying on the floor on guests' left. As they wound their way through the fences, guests would encounter pig body parts strewn about. They would also be attacked by two pig heads being used as puppets by the Sawyers, one on the left and one on the right. Appropriately, the smell of rotting carcasses was present through this area. At the end of this section, Leatherface would attack guests from behind a low fence on the left, performing a shortened version of the ballet from the end of the first movie, spinning and swinging his chainsaw at guests.

Guests then found themselves inside a hallway of the Sawyer Family's Home. On their right Leatherface could be seen behind a trio of windows. He would drag his chainsaw across the back of the window creating sparks. At the final window, he would slam his hand on the pane to startle guests as a crashing sound played. This also served as a distraction for guests, as Chop Top Sawyer would jump out from behind a door at guests on the left.

Now entering the foyer of the house, guests would encounter Leatherface jumping out of a doorway directly in front of guests to the left of the stair case. Next, guests would enter the room behind the sliding metal door to find themselves in a red room with animal skulls on the wall. Leatherface would attack guests from a chainsaw from behind a metal door. Guests then enter another room with body parts and skeleton parts scattered around the room. Drayton Sawyer could be seen behind a table offering a plate of meat to guests. This served as a distraction, as the corpse of Nubbins Sawyer (which was on the wall opposite of Drayton) would suddenly reach out at guests as they passed by.

Continuing further through the house, guests would find themselves in a bathroom where Leatherface could be seen attacking them next to the bathtub. Going into the next room, guests would be startled as Leatherface runs at guests from behind a door in front of them carrying the corpse of Nubbins and wielding a chainsaw. Next, guests would enter the living room, which had flickering lights and bones scattered everywhere. Chop Top would jump out from behind a shelf wielding a knife.

Guests then found themselves back outside, where they passed by the garage of the house. A car in the garage would honk its horn at guests as Leatherface ran at them with a chainsaw. Going down one final corridor surrounded by fences and junk, guests would be attacked by Leatherface on the right. They would then walk past the corpse of Franklin Hardesty on the left. Before guests exited the maze, they would see one final metal face grinding his chainsaw against a metal grate to create sparks. He would then jump out from a hole next to the grate as another Leatherface jumped out at guests across from them. Guests would then exit the maze and go back into the park.

One of the most original and disturbing maniacs in film history. Based off of the real-life serial killer Ed Gein, who was famous for creating clothing and furniture out of human flesh, Leatherface is a modern day Frankenstein. But unlike the monster Dr. Frankenstein created, Leatherface seems more realistic because he could exist in real life. Armed with a chainsaw, he can tear apart a human body with his weapon, and his mask made from human flesh and his huge size make him an intimidating and scary antagonist.

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A haphazard scuffle transpires, which almost drowns Lila. As Leatherface tosses the chainsaw at her ankle, Melody jumps on his back to distract him. Lila makes it to the shotgun and successfully fires off a round, which shoots the chainsaw out of his hands. A bullet hits him square in the chest, and Melody comes in with the finishing move. Armed with his revved-up chainsaw, she pummels Leatherface in the jaw, delivering a potential death blow as he fell backward into the pool and slowly sank. 041b061a72


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