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Man in a mask weilding a chainsaw

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (50th Anniversary 4K Restoration)

Duration: 1h23m
Dates: Sun 19 May 2024 20:45

Part of Dundead Horror Film Festival 2024. Priority booking for members starts at 10:00 on Wed 3 April. Passes and individual tickets will go on sale from 10:00 on Fri 5 April. More information on Festival Passes can be found below.

Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is not just one of the finest and most terrifying horror films ever made, it’s an essential piece of cinema history. 

Credited as one of the earliest examples of the slasher genre, it features many of the genre’s tropes, including the introduction of the iconic Leatherface, played here by Gunnar Hansen. But while later slashers would focus on bloodshed and titillation, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a masterclass in suggestion and sensory horror. Famously, Hooper limited the amount of explicitly onscreen gore, but the film was found to be so disturbing that it was effectively banned in the UK until 1999. 

The discordant soundscape conjured by Hooper and Wayne Bell, in combination with Hooper’s nauseatingly intense close-ups and the general atmosphere of sweat and filth make the film feel like a grimy, visceral assault. Despite the myriad analyses and anecdotes surrounding the film, it is also one of those films that is hard to believe is made by human beings at all. So forceful and vivid are its horrors, it feels like an urban legend itself, some malignant artefact uncovered somewhere out there under the sweltering Texan sun.

Festival Passes

What's included

Pass TypePriceDCA Members18-25 MembersIncludes
Full Pass£102£96£75Tickets for all 12 screenings, a festival t-shirt and a print
Half Pass£54£51£37.50Tickets for six films of your choice from the programme and a festival t-shirt
  • Save £1 on a Dundead Film Quiz ticket when you book it at the same time as your pass with code DUNDEADPASS.

How to book

  • Log into / create your DCA account.
  • Add all the films your want to see to your basket (pick 12 for a Full Pass, including the Dundead Opening Film, and six for a Half Pass).
  • The appropriate Pass discount will be added automatically at checkout once the correct number of films have been added.
  • To book more than one pass, you can do these as separate transactions online or contact our Box Office on 01382 432444.
  • If you would like a ticket for the Dundead Film Quiz add it to your basket at this stage, use code DUNDEADPASS to receive your £1 Pass discount.
  • If you have any questions about booking your pass our friendly Box Office team are happy to help. Give them a call on 01382 432444 or pop in.
  • We'll be in touch via email to ask you what t-shirt size you'd like and let you know when you can collect your Dundead merch.

Dundead 2024 Listings

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