Eggshells + The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

EGGSHELLS – 8:00pm

“I’ve always described it as being a mixture of Andy Warhol’s Trash and Walt Disney’s Fantasia.” — Tobe Hooper
When you hear the phrase “Keep Austin Weird”, the words imply that the city had a high point of weirdness that must be maintained. Therefore, can you imagine the flurry of furry-haired freaks that were chillin’, trippin’, fuckin’ and freakin’ in the summer of ‘68?!?! Let us take you there with this long-lost debut gem from a talented young Tobe Hooper, who would later take many members of this film’s cast and crew and produce The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Overflowing with creativity and positivity, full of Godard-like film trickery and playful pop art inflections, populated not only with nubile nudes but a “crypto-embryonic hyper-electric presence”, and scored with the music of Austin psych folk legends Shiva’s Headband, Eggshells is the headiest “head” film you’ve never heard of.

Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1969, Blu-Ray, 90 min.


One of the ultimate landmarks in modern horror film, Tobe Hooper’s astoundingly executed dose of visceral kineticism, filmed in and around the sun-bleached Austin area, is the gritty look at down-home cannibalism in the outskirts of the Lone Star State that became an instant smash upon its release in 1974, and was the first film to genuinely fuse avant-garde experimental filmmaking techniques to the horror genre. Shell-shocked LSD-influenced editing, dislocating setpieces staged in searingly broad daylight and grinding musique concrète on the soundtrack all elevate The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from something merely “scary” to an indelible nightmare that never fails to freak the daylights out of any viewer, first-time or otherwise. As well, Hooper’s brilliant bits of scenic detail make you believe you’ve seen more than you really have, creating an atmosphere of pure hell on earth, as if the actual celluloid has been soaking in the air of a slaughterhouse for far too long. Most importantly, Hooper has more on his mind than to just give you a queasy feeling — he successfully posits that, in addition to mere entertainment, horror movies can also be works of art.

Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974, Blu-Ray, 84 min.

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