The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Restoration

Saturday, June 28
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1hr 24mins // directed by:Tobe Hooper // featuring:Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen // DCP

In 1973, Tobe Hooper, a cast of unknown actors, and a crew of Austin film students and recent graduates headed to Round Rock, Texas, in the middle of July.

For the next 32 days they worked around the clock in 100 degree weather to make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The finished film cost $125,000 ($60,000 over budget) and was sold to Bryanston Pictures, a distribution company with ties to a well-known crime family. While the members of the original production never saw a dime, the movie became a huge hit on the drive-in circuit and eventually grossed $30 million, was invited to the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight, and was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Since then, it has spawned three sequels, a remake, a prequel, a 3-D sequel, an At