The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a bloody, brutal, hugely influential horror film.
It was a low-budget movie, shot largely on location at a service station on Highway 304, just south of Bastrop, Texas.
Even today, over 40 years after it was released, it still has the power to shock. So visiting its spooky, evocative location might seem like something even serious horror buffs would only want to do quite briefly.
Which is why it’s something of a surprise to hear that the original Texas Chainsaw massacre garage has been re-opened as a motel.
The Texas Gas Station has a restaurant and a gift shop so horror movie fans can enjoy a meal and buy merchandise.
“We actually have a gas pump that every once in a while we take out…the Coca-Cola machine that’s exactly the one from the movie, we take out,” Manager Ben Hughes told KVUE
Ben says that if fans want to get the full Chainsaw Massacre experience, visitors can even spend the night. There are four small cabins behind the restaurant for visitors to get the full effect.
“It’s a place of enjoyment, man, y’know? You have people who are not just horror film people but just movie people in general,” Hughes told KVOE.
For information on how you can rent a cabin, visit the Texas Gas Station website.
While it was originally promoted as a true story, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 slasher movie was almost entirely fictional. Some elements of relentless killer Leatherface’s monstrous persona were adapted from the life and criminal career of 1950s serial killer Ed Gein.
The killer, who was dubbed The Butcher of Plainfield, killed at least two women and robbed the graves of many more – making masks and other knick-knacks from their skin.
His grisly crimes also inspired Silence of the Lambs and many other serial killer books and movies.