The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 1974

Director

Tobe Hooper

Cast

visit the film locations

Austin: Flights: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Visit: Austin, self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World

Junction House, 1010 King Street, Kingsland (tel: 325.388.3800)

The Antlers Hotel, 1001 King Street, Kingsland, way to the northwest of Austin (tel: 325.388.4411)


Trivia

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 remake was filmed mainly around Taylor, Texas, and also at Martindale, Hutto and Walburg. Check back soon for full details.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974):  filming location: Kingsland, Texas

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): filming location: The Sawyer family home: Kingsland, Texas

Photograph: Peter Paulsen

It’s no surprise that Tobe Hooper’s original, grisly 1974 classic was filmed in Texas.

Not as explicitly gory as its successors, the film gets its nasty atmosphere across largely by suggestion. Filmed in grainy 16mm, which gives the film its gritty, all-to-realistic feel, with a largely amateur cast recruited from the drama department of the University of Texas in Austin, the movie was shot around the environs of the city.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974):  filming location: Bagdad Cemetery, Leander, Texas

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): filming location: the desecrated cemetery: Bagdad Cemetery, Leander, Texas

Photograph: Peter Paulsen

The desecrated cemetery is Bagdad Cemetery, Bagdad Road, Leander, on Route 183, about 25 miles northwest of the city.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974):  filming location: Bilbo’s Texas Landmark, Bastrop, Texas

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): filming location: The gas station: Bilbo’s Texas Landmark, Bastrop, Texas

Photograph: Peter Paulsen

The gas station was Ryan’s Hills Prairie Grocery, which recently became Bilbo’s Texas Landmark, 1073 State Highway 304, Bastrop (tel: 512.321.2049), east of Austin.

The chicken-infested Sawyer family home stood on Quick Hill Road, Round Rock, I-35, about ten miles north of Austin, Texas. In 1998, after falling into disrepair, it was dismantled and transported to the grounds of The Antlers Hotel 1001 King Street, Kingsland, way to the northwest of Austin.

The Antlers Hotel itself, built in 1901 and beautifully restored, opening as a hotel in 1996, can be found on Highway 1431 in Kingsland, in the middle of a triangle formed by Burnet, Llano, and Marble Falls

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974):  filming location: Kingsland, Texas

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): filming location: The interior of the Sawyer family home: Kingsland, Texas

Photograph: Peter Paulsen

And now? The house has been renovated as a restaurant, standing in the grounds of The Antlers. At the time the photograph was taken, it was the Chariot Grill.

It’s Junction House, 1010 King Street, Kingsland. Best stick to the vegetarian special, eh?


• Many thanks to Peter Paulsen for help with this section.

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