Cool news on the horror front if you’re a subscriber to Netflix. They didn’t list the original Tobe Hooper Texas Chainsaw Massacre in their Halloween lineup, but like a freshly sewn skin suit… it slipped right in to the streaming services offerings.
This is probably one of the first truly disturbing horror films I saw while growing up. This was made all the more disturbing when I discovered that Director Tobe Hooper, with the help of his friend Kim Henkel, drew inspiration from real life events.
The duo have reported that Ed Gein, a Wisconsin man who had murdered two women in 1954 and 1957, was inspiration as a starting point to their story.
When police finally raided the Gein household they found objects made out of skin and body parts.
Using that dark seed of truth and a humble $300,000 in film financing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre began production. Hooper has stated in interviews that he hired mostly friends, but worked them super hard in the squelching heat.
“At the end of filming, everyone hated me. It took years to re-establish those friendships but I knew what I needed to get,” Hooper stated.
The hard work paid off in the end. That $300,000 they used to make their movie went on to earn more than $30 million at the box office and millions more in video rentals.
If you want a fresh perspective on the film you can read our own writer Kelly McNeely’s “Late To The Party” film review.
If you’re interested in learning more about the real story behind Ed Gein you can read a past write up on iHorror by former writer Patti Pauley. Patti’s article is both educational and disturbing… so please be prepared for graphic images if you click through.
This is your NOT SAFE FOR WORK warning: Click here to read more about Ed Gein.