HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DARLIN…..

Jun 21, 2014 by

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DARLIN…..

Tonight, Dennis and I will be celebrating a 40th anniversary.  No, no-not ours, silly.  It’s the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie.  And guess where we will be having our little dinner?  In THE house where the legendary movie was filmed!  It all started when I happened to mention to my friend, Janey, that I had read that the movie anniversary was coming up and wouldn’t it be a hoot to go to Kingsland (Texas, of course) and have dinner in the house where the 1973 movie was filmed?  Perrr-Fect!  I must explain, the house was not located in Kingland at the time of filming.  It was moved from Round Rock to the little town on Lake LBJ.  But, here’s the coincidence—Janey says, “Well, you know, I went to school with the author.”  Well, of course, I did not—but it really added intrigue to the evening.*  Don’t cha just luv it when things come together?  If you’re not familiar with the original 1974 movie (and there have been many spin-offs), it was one of the first slasher movies and is always rated in the top scariest movies of all time.  When it was released, Rotten Tomatoes panned it HOWEVER it received an invitation from the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.  The movie has been an influence to the horror genre including Psycho and Silence Of The Lambs.  And not to make you lie awake at night, but it was loosely based on a true story.  Yes, Virginia, there was a real Leatherface.  His name was Ed Gein and if you want the gory details, click here.  At this point, I want you to know, I am sitting on the sofa, I’ve got goosebumps on my thighs, and I’m too scared to turn around and see what that noise is that’s making my dog bark.  Back to the movie.  Texas Monthly wrote a fun article on the behind the scenes of making the home state flick and there’s even a musical based on the film.  There’s also an animated spoof.  I just read the re-release in July is causing quite a buzz, again, in you guessed it—Cannes.  As my friends know, I love to watch a good, scary movie.  But, I really like it when there’s someone with me who is more afraid than I.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go check behind the shower curtain so I can get ready.

*Next year, it would be fun to organize a homage dinner at Grand Central Cafe !  Takers? Let me know by adding your name to the email list (top right corner) and leave a comment!

NO LEATHERFACE-JUST ME WITH GRAND CENTRAL CAFE OWNERS, DREW AND RICK!

NO LEATHERFACE-JUST ME WITH GRAND CENTRAL CAFE OWNERS, DREW AND RICK!

NOW, THE ONLY BLOODY THING THAT COMES DOWN THE STAIRS IS A MARY!

NOW, THE ONLY BLOODY THING THAT COMES DOWN THE STAIRS IS A MARY!

 

 

MOVIE MEMORABILIA SIGNED BY CAST MEMBERS IN UPSTAIRS BAR

MOVIE MEMORABILIA SIGNED BY CAST MEMBERS IN UPSTAIRS BAR

 

 

 

 

 

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