SOUTH TEXAS BLUES: A Narrative Drama On The Making Of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Some people are on the fence about this, but I’m excited as hell about an upcoming flick about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Chris Garetano, the director behind the documentary Horror Business. The film is titled South Texas Blues; this from the Myspace Site:

SOUTH TEXAS BLUES
A filmmaker’s horror story
COPYRIGHT © 2008 FORTUNETELLER FILMS /CHRISTOPHER GARETANO PRODUCTIONS
Soon to be a motion picture by Christopher P. Garetano

SOUTH TEXAS BLUES is a unique project that is one part documentary, one part period drama and one part cinematic recreation.

SOUTH TEXAS BLUES is the amazing true story of the making of one of the most infamous films of all time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In the summer of 1973, a small inexperienced crew of independent filmmakers set out to create a horror film. Little did they know that during that sweltering Texas summer they would also create a horror movie legend.

With South Texas Blues, Christopher P. Garetano, director of the critically acclaimed documentary Horror Business and the upcoming docudrama The Horror of Dante Tomaselli, will create a motion picture experience like no other as he explores the reasons why The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is so terrifying. Intense endless nights of shooting, injuries, unbearable temperatures, madness, accidental formaldehyde injections and marijuana brownies.. }

The outrageous true stories that surround the creation of the film will be illustrated in a way that has never been seen before in a motion picture. The story of the production from the first inspiration to the last day of shooting will be faithfully recreated according to the testimonies of the survivors.


During many of the pivotal dramatic moments of SOUTH TEXAS BLUES, the action and actors will literally freeze as if time stands still. Then one of the actual survivors of the cast and crew will walk back into this frozen moment in time and explain what they were feeling when the moment originally occurred. Also through our working prop camera (which would normally be indented as a prop only) we will precisely recreate the most memorable moments of the original film, using the same grade of 16mm film stock, lights, and lenses that were used for the original classic.


South Texas Blues is a dream project for director Garetano who plans to keep the recreations as faithful as possible to the testimonials. Garetano explains:The original dinner scene was such a long 36 hour shooting nightmare that when you watch the scene, you can feel the intensity of the moment. I’m going to show you what happened on that set, the real moments that created the incredible intensity for Tobe Hooper’s camera. There was rotting meat on the table, a funeral pyre of burning animals outside that filled the house with putrid smoke and smells. People were exhausted, throwing up, there was screaming and absolute madness amongst the cast and crew. This will all be meticulously re-expressed in my film.


A book of the same name (SOUTH TEXAS BLUES) will be written by film critic/journalist Elaine Lamkin (BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM) who will co-produce and co-research the film with Garetano. The book will be an intense chronicle of the making of this unique motion picture as well as a historical retrospect on the phenomena of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


Filmmaker Dante Tomaselli (Satan’s Playground, Horror) is also on board as an associate producer. Edwin Neal (who played the maniacal hitchhiker in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre) will come on board as a consultant, as well as many others of the surviving cast and crew.

Sounds like it could be fun.  Check out the video below for a little more information on the genesis of what could be an amazing flick about one of the best horror movies of all time.

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