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October 23, 2015 | Matt Lemmon
|With the possible exception of “Night of the Living Dead,” no horror movie has had more of an influence on its genre than “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Somewhat misleadingly advertised as “based on actual events,” “Chainsaw” director Tobe Hooper helped usher the road-trip-gone-wrong from the psychological-thriller age of Psycho into the slasher films still being churned out today.
And one of the prime elements of the film is the house that served as the home of Leatherface and his demented, lethal family.
As befits if famously shoestring budget, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was filmed in rural Texas, outside of Austin (and this is before Austin was cool), rather than in southern California. It was built in 1909 in Round Rock, Texas. The setting is documented very well in a story at ScreenCrush.com which several of the film’s settings, including the graveyard and the filling station.
As it turns out, the home used in the original film was separated into six pieces in 1998 and relocated to Kingsland, Texas, about 90 minutes away. It is now, of all things, a restaurant in an antiques-laden, bed-and-breakfast-heavy neighborhood. According to the story, the owners originally tried to brush over the house’s history, but now embrace it.
It strikes me as funny that one of moviedom’s most evil houses currently lives, rehabilitated, mere minutes away from where my family used to vacation when I was younger. Like a criminal who found Jesus in prison, it does a good job of blending in with society, but it’s never going to shake its past.
If you want to know more about the house – or its identical twin, now located in Georgetown, Texas – you check out its brief Wikipedia page.
Of course, there was a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 and a sequel to that film in 2006. The house used in those films is still intact, and also in Texas. It’s a 6,000-square-foot plantation-style house built in Austin in the 1850s and moved to Granger in the ’30s. The house sits on private property and a somewhat cranky Facebook page
indicates visitors are not welcome (which is okay… we’ll stay away), but it is a stunning property and has an entry from one enterprising traveler on Roadtrippers.com.