Enjoy A Delightful Family Reunion With “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait”


September 7, 2016 — When it was first released in 1974,  Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was considered to be so violent that several countries banned it. It is often mentioned as one of the most frightening films ever made; the original film was both reviled and highly praised by critics. Stephen King called it a work of “…“cataclysmic terror.” Ridley Scott called it one of the inspirations for Alien. Its influences have been seen in the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. It is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. 

It is also one of the most successful independent films of all time.

In 1988, Director Brad Shellady interviewed John Dugan (Grandpa), Jim Siedow (The Cook), Edwin Neal (The Hitchhiker), and Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) about the making of this influential and controversial horror classic. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait discusses the making of the movie from the points of view of the family of cannibalistic psychopaths. 

A low budget film (it was shot for $84,000), the production schedule for the original was difficult and the circumstances painful. No one realized at the time, of course, the impact this film would have — or that it would spawn sequels, prequels, video games, television shows and numerous take-offs. 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a cultural phenomenon — watch interviews with the people who were there when it all started.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait is available on DVD and Blu-Ray or you can stream it immediately on Amazon Video.

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