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‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper Has Died
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Texas Chain Saw Massacre Director Tobe Hooper

Who will survive and what will be left of them? That is iconic line that graces the movie poster of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the most visceral films ever created; a film that lives on in both infamy and reverence to this day. Its director, horror legend Tobe Hooper, died yesterday in Sherman Oaks, CA, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner who confirmed the news to Variety. No cause of death has been determined yet. He was 74.

Born in Austin, Texas, Hooper made his seminal masterpiece in 1974 for less than $300,000. The film, based on the serial-killing cannibal Ed Gein, tells the story of five friends on a drive through rural Texas to explore the home of the grandfather of Sally (Marilyn Burns) and wheelchair-bound Franklin (Paul A. Partain). They end up encountering a family of cannibals, including the human skin-masked, chain saw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).

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FEARnyc 2016 Retro Movie Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Header

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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Blu-ray Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Collector's Edition)

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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Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases: Chappie, 80’s Horror, New Spike Lee, One Killer Croc
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Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

This week’s edition of Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases has the news on several upcoming home video debuts bound to be of great interest to sci-fi and horror fans, including the latest from filmmakers Spike Lee and Neill Blomkamp and a few obscure monster movie relics from decades past.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.

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Blu-ray Review: Invaders From Mars (1986)
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Invaders from Mars Blu-ray review
Invaders from Mars
Blu-ray
Director: Tobe Hooper
Screenwriters: Dan O’Bannon, Don Jakoby
Cast: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman
Scream Factory
Rated PG | 99 Minutes
Release Date: April 07, 2015

Directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist), 1986’s Invaders from Mars is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film by William Cameron Menzies.

Synopsis: “This space-age creature feature is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul – as well as your planet! Little David Gardner’s starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings! Paralyzed with fear as the aliens take over the minds of his mom, dad and even his schoolmates, David must somehow find a way to stop them -– before they turn the whole human race into brain-dead zombies!”

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

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!
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Batman

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
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Weird Al Yankovic

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
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John Carpenter's Body Bags Blu-ray

Body Bags
Blu-ray/DVD Combo l Instant
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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Lifeforce Blu-RayLifeforce
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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