The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Saturday, July 21
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1hr 24mins // directed by:Tobe Hooper // featuring:Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen // Restored DCP

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. In 1974, writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, The Funhouse) unleashed this dark, visionary tale about a group of five young friends who face a nightmare of torment at the hands of a depraved Texas clan. Today it remains unequaled as a landmark of outlaw filmmaking and unparalleled in its impact as perhaps the most frightening motion picture ever made.

Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre were inspired by the grisly crimes of serial killer Ed Gein. Born of the same story but created 15 years apart, these tales of terror spawned two of the silver screen’s most legendary killers: Norman Bates and Leatherface. Both films feature houses of horror, taxidermy, corpses in rocking chairs, dysfunctional families, and some of the more iconic moments in horror. 


Truly Killer — July 2018 at Coolidge After Midnite

Fascinated by true crime? Our Truly Killer midnites in July feature a line-up of films inspired by the most infamous serial killers in our nation's history. From the Son of Sam in New York to the Zodiac in San Francisco, communities throughout the U.S. have been disturbed by these horrific crimes while also captivated by the manhunts for the monsters responsible and their sensationalized media coverage. Some of these real-life horror stories were compelling enough to be adapted into films, and we've selected a few of the most shocking and thoughtful of them to screen this month.