Restored 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Returns to Theaters This Summer
In case you didn't know, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original slasher film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And for those who just haven't enjoyed the various remakes, reboots and sequels over the past decade or so, we have some good news. The original film from director Tobe Hooper will be hitting theaters again this summer, looking better than ever with a fully restored version that goes back to the original 16mm A/B rolls. Shock Til You Drop has news of the restoration which is actually premiering at SXSW tonight at 9:30pm at the Topfer Theatre after being worked on for 40 hours a week for five months.
Director Tobe Hooper hypes up the restoration saying:
"I haven't seen 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' on the big screen for many, many years. This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked. The color and clarity is spectacular, displaying visual details in the film that were never before perceptible. The newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack breathes new life and energy into the film. I am very much looking forward to audiences experiencing this film as they never have before."
The restoration was completed at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago with the use of an ARRISCAN Film Scanner, and engineer Boris Seagraves talks about the extensive restoration process:
"This film probably needed the most restoration of any project we’ve done. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame. Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70's looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element. There were tears in the film that we had to digitally rebuild from adjacent frames. There were tens of thousands of things we were dealing with.”
It's not clear exactly when the re-release will hit theaters, but summer is the window of release for now. The announcement should be made sometime soon, so we'll be sure to let you know when and where you can check out the restored version of this horror classic. We certainly like the idea of seeing the original film in theaters again as opposed to yet another poor attempt at cashing in on the legacy of an iconic horror film.