The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most formative films from my childhood. I of course didn’t get to see it until I was in my early teens, but the box was always taunting me from the shelf of my local Blockbuster, “I dare you to watch this.” Once I watched, I wasn’t disappointed. And the film still holds up wonderfully today. When you break it down it’s actually far less gory than its title implies, but it’s shot in such a visceral manner that you think you’re seeing things you actually aren’t. Even if director Tobe Hooper never made another film (and he’s made several great ones since), his mark on cinema history would have been complete.
Dark Sky Films has done a truly stunning job on the 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for its 40th Anniversary Release. Their Blu-ray also has a bevy of bonus features, including a through making-of documentary. The clip we’re sharing with you today comes from that doc and explores the famous meat-hook scene. Hit the jump to check it out.
About the Blu-ray:
It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, for the first time ever, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray and Digital Download in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras. The film is available across all digital download platforms, on bluray & DVD and also as a Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Edition Box Set.