“This thing came out in clown paint, blood-spattered, with homicide on its brain.” -- Jim VanBebber
In the scorching summer of ‘73, a group of young Texans produced a drive-in flick that would change the face of horror and become one of the most notorious pictures ever filmed. But there are many hidden levels: the distant inspiration of the Ed Gein legend; the political climate; the new independent American cinema; the funky, nauseating shoot which drove the participants to the brink of sanity; the distribution deal that made somebody a lot of money, but not the filmmakers; the creation of a cult classic which still holds as much power today as it did nearly 50 years ago.
TCM:TST features interviews with every major principal (including Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel, Wayne Bell, Robert Burns, Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen), visits locations, talks to experts, covers the sequels and examines the ongoing effect TCM has on fans and creators. Vive le Leatherface!