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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Fortnight 2014, Feature film, 1h30


« « The Texas Chainsaw Massacre » was inspired by a factual occurrence 20 years ago in Wisconsin. It’s a film about meat, about people who are gone beyond dealing with animal meat and rat and dogs and cats. Crazy retarded people going beyond the line between animal and human. »   Tobe HOOPER


Tobe Hooper

Hooper was born in Austin, Texas in 1943. He first used his father’s 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper spent the 1960s as a college professor and documentary cameraman. Hooper had shot over 60 documentaries, commercials and short films before making « The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ». In 1969 Hooper co-wrote and directed « Eggshells », about a group of hippies in a commune house having to deal with the presence of a possible supernatural force. « Eggshells » did not receive theatrical release of any kind, but did win Hooper several awards, including the Atlanta Film Festival Award, when the film played around different colleges. His intention was to go to Hollywood to become a working feature film director. In 1974, he organized a small cast comprised of college teachers and students, and with Kim Henkel, on a budget of $60,000 (which eventually rose to $70,000 or some reports say up to even $120,000) made « The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ». Hooper claims to have got the idea for the film while standing in the hardware section of a crowded store. While thinking of a way to get through the crowd, he spotted chainsaws for sale…

Allen Danziger
Edwin Neal
Gunnar Hansen
Jim Siedow
Marilyn Burns
Paul A. Partain
Teri Mc Minn
William Vail

Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper

Daniel Pearl


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Title in Original Version : Massacre A La Tronçonneuse

Press release

«Massacre à la tronçonneuse» série B de classe A / 20 Minutes
Jamais aucun cinéaste n’est parvenu à montrer l’Amérique profonde (…) sous un jour aussi terrifiant / Olivier Père sur
8 raisons de revoir ce chef-d’œuvre de l’horreur / Télérama
Tobe Hooper talks about the making of his seminal genre classic / Screen Daily
Tous des disciples de Leatherface / 20 minutes
Ladies and gentlemen, Monsieur Tobe Hooper… / Technikart