Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn's 4K 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Intro
by Alex Billington
June 2, 2014
"What you're seeing tonight is the reason why I started making movies." One of the many events that took place during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was a special tribute screening of a 4K restored version of Tobe Hooper's horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was a special screening for the Directors' Fortnight, or Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and it was introduced by Cannes jury member Nicolas Winding Refn. He gave a rather rambunctious intro, joking about how he should've won the Palme last year, but later going on to say that introducing this was a kind of closure for him, because when he was 14 he saw this at the Cinema Village in NY and it made him want to be a director. He then goes on to call it a masterpiece.
I love that ticket artwork as seen above, also from Popcorn & Sticky Floors. Speaking about Tobe Hooper's original 1974 horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Refn explains: "The curse of the film is that it's a masterpiece... When you make a film that goes beyond filmmaking, it's no longer just a movie... Seeing a movie that goes from being a movie to an art form, and we are in the mecca of art forms of cinema. I wanted to really give the Palme d'Or to Tobe Hooper, because he should've gotten it 40 years ago. I want him to know that he has made one of the greatest art achievements, not films, but art achievements in the modern century. So I think that when he comes on stage we can give him an emotional Palme d'Or." Nice one, Refn.