There is no denying that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of if not the best horror slasher film of all time. Sure it has a tint of cheese to it with the acting, but that is part of the charm. When the film hit theaters in 1974 it was like nothing anyone had ever seen and add to the fact that they were billing it as based on true events and it scared the crap out of people. While this classic horror film has been released numerous times over the years they are nothing in comparison to the all-new 40th anniversary edition on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from Dark Sky Films.
In case you have been too scared to check it out, the film follows five friends visiting their grandfather’s house in the country who are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. Unlike most films of this genre today, this was a low budget affair that was so brilliantly put together it manages to still hold up with the best of them to this day. To review the film itself seems almost pointless as it has been around so long that any horror fan knows of its brilliance. What this new release does it take it to a whole new vibrant level. This latest version sports a beautiful 4k digital transfer taken from the original 16mm A/B rolls that rolled through the original cameras, and takes the image quality to almost perfection, but doesn’t lose the classic old school feel that makes it stand out. It still showcases the gritty look of it all, but with the higher quality makes it easier to see all the fun that entails that used to be too dark to see in some of the later releases. This is still one of the creepiest (scariest to some) of just about any horror film made to date. It isn’t overly gory in anyway, but there are so many bizarre disturbing moments along with a lot of implied kills along with the ones you see that it messes with your mind. Director Tobe Hooper kept a realism about the whole film that makes it all the more terrifying to witness.
While the film has held up for the last 40 years on its own, this beautiful transfer with newly created 7.1 surround sound that was mixed with supervision from Hooper will no doubt keep it high above the rest for many more years to come. In addition to this iconic film, this collection is loaded with special features from previous releases as well as new ones including commentaries, trailers, blooper reel, interviews, featurettes and so much more making this a must have for any fan of the film or the genre. Being the 40th anniversary one special edition is just not enough so Dark Sky has unleashed the ultimate variation with the Limited Edition “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set that not only features everything the standard release has, but also a theatrical mini-poster, A Leatherface apron, and more all packaged in collectible case resembling the iconic ‘Black Maria’ cattle truck that saves Sally. This set will be released in retail outlets in October, but is exclusively available now at www.gorgon-video.com for 30 days.
Join the family for a blood soaked dinner and grab your copy of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition in stores now.