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'Massacre Master''s Spiffed-Up Scares

Director Tobe Hooper restores his 1974 horror flick, ”Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” for theatrical release

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Four decades after overseeing the infamously grueling shoot for the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, director Tobe Hooper recently returned to the horror classic to work on a 40th-anniversary restoration, which premiered at this month’s SXSW in Austin. So does the director wonder if his work on the 1974 movie will ever stop? “It may not,” says Hooper with a laugh. “But I’m really happy with the outcome…. The film works as well as, if not better than, it originally did.”

The restored Massacre hits theaters this summer and will boast 4K resolution and 7.1 surround sound, which breathes new aural life into the eerie soundtrack Hooper himself worked on way back when. “I used a lot of broken instruments,” he says. “Broken violins, broken bass. Anything I could get a good sound [from] I would use.” Hooper says he has heard nothing about a follow-up to last year’s franchise reboot Texas Chainsaw 3D, on which he was an executive producer, but promises “there will be more Chainsaw films.” His next project, meanwhile, may be a modern film noir in the vein of True Detective (which stars two Chainsaw franchise alumni: Matthew McConaughey and Alexandra Daddario). “It’s a little premature to talk about it, but it’s dark and emotional,” says Hooper. “It’s not a horror film, but it is very, very tense.”

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