Leatherface’s House

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I’ve wanted to do a post on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre house for a while, but it’s not really true crime…and certainly not supernatural.  Thus, I figured a Wild Card Wednesday would be a good time to share this information.

Never heard of this gem?  Here’s the trailer:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) changed the landscape of horror movies.  It had a visceral, gritty feel…like it could have all been real.  Since 1974, many filmmakers have tried to re-create the horror of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  It is believed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre laid the groundwork for movies like Halloween, Dead Alive, and The Blair Witch Project.

The cultural and political landscape of the early 1970s inspired Tobe Hooper to create this horror classic.  I bet you’re saying, “Wait a minute.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on a true story.  How could it be inspired by culture and politics?”

The “inspired by the true story” thing was a blatant lie–but it did attract crowds to see the film.  Hooper stated in an interview that the based on a true story thing was his answer to the government’s lies about events like Watergate, the 1973 oil crisis, and the Vietnam War.

The crimes depicted in the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are very similar to those of Ed Gein, an American murderer and body snatcher.  The the crimes in the film, however, were inspired more by the crimes of Elmer Wayne Henley.

[Note: Elmer Wayne Henley is serving six life sentences for his role in a series of murders that took place in Houston, Texas.  These crimes involved the rape and murder of no fewer than twenty-eight men and boys.  Henley lured the victims to the home of Dean Corll, who was the ringleader of the murders.  Henley shot Dean Corll dead and later confessed all the crimes to police.]

If you want to purchase The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it’s available at Amazon.com.

So the house.  That’s what we set out to talk about.  Most of the filming for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was done in a 1900s farmhouse located on Quick Hill Road near Round Rock, Texas–where the La Frontera development is now located.

In 1974, this house was un-airconditioned.  The temperatures during filming reached one hundred degrees some days.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a low budget film, and the crew filmed seven days a week to keep costs low.

The furniture seen in the film was made of animal bones and a latex material designed to resemble human skin.  The walls were splashed with animal blood obtained from a local slaughterhouse.  Decomposing remains of animals were used to litter the floor of the house.

In 1998, the house was cut into seven pieces and reassembled in Kingsland, Texas (Llano County) as a restaurant.  It has served food under a few different names.  It currently operates as The Junction House.   The menu looks pretty good.

If you’re visiting the Texas Hill Country, it might be an interesting stop.  The Junction House is located at 1010 King Street, opposite The Antlers Hotel–which has an interesting history in its own right.

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