THE PLOT THUS FAR
It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse, as well as raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. It was attacked by churches, banned by governments, and acclaimed by only the bravest of critics. It stunned audiences worldwide and set a new standard in movie terror forever. Today writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper s dark, visionary tale remains unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original restored film in an all-new 4k scan authorized by Tobe Hooper, featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen outtakes!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is one of the milestone films in American horror. Taking a cue from Romero and the underground styles of H.G. Lewis, Hooper sought to show the carnage of Vietnam against the American heartland. What was once safe is now privy to psychos to harvest corpses and begin defiling human bodies. Everything’s on the menu and nothing is off the table. Especially, when it’s a gathering of men in an old farmhouse trying to make do with what little meat there is to provide for the family dinner. The sexual dynamics of poor Sally Hardesty strapped to the head of the table while these deranged men stare her down is freaking incredible.
Horror in the early 1970s was just starting its steps toward something greater. That’s not to say that it stopped being an easy to exploit genre that provided for easy profitable returns for any production company. However, it was when horror started having something to say instead of just being about killer monsters and super maniacs. Any slightly off person could now be pushed into acts of terrible detail and sometimes they might get away with it. This era of horror was more about confronting you with terror in the unexpected. Texas Chainsaw Massacre excels at this. Everything from the opening outsider art made out of Texan corpses to Sally’s final escape out of the farmhouse.
The Blu-Ray comes with four feature commentaries, but two of them are old ports. There’s a ton of new trailers, featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, promotional spots, a tour of the house and related goodies compiled for the 40th anniversary. As someone who has bought every iteration of this movie on home video for the last 20 years, I have to say that this presentation is the best. The 4K remastered 1080p transfer stands better than most of Criterion’s output for 2014. Plus, the DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track isn’t overpowering. This might be the greatest release that Dark Sky Films has put together. You must own this, so buy it.
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