The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)


























The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released into theaters on October 17th, 2003. Filming locations include Granger, Manor, Taylor and Walburg, Tx. It was directed by Marcus Nispel, who six year later, would go on to direct the Friday the 13th remake as well. Daniel Pearl, the cinematographer on the original, returned to handle the duties once again. The films heroine, Erin, was played by Jessica Biel. And honestly, I think she was the perfect choice for the role and can't imagine anyone else playing the part better than she did. Leatherface was played by  Andrew Bryniarski, who brought a great physical presence to the role. He would be the first actor to portray Leatherface more than once, when he would reprise the role three years later in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. John Larroquette provided the opening narration, just as he did for the original. I'm usually really skeptical when it comes to remakes, especially when it's one of my favorite films of all-time. However, the filmmakers found a way to tell an updated version of the story in a respectful way that didn't demean the original film or the franchise. By no means is the film perfect, but it's pretty obvious they put a lot of thought, effort and passion into the project. The score was done by Steve Jablonsky. The films first DVD release was on March 30th, 2004.


Swimming - Near Harper Rd. and Deviney Rd. Martindale, Tx. 78655
(San Marcos River)

The spot they swam at was right next to the Martindale Dam. This portion of the San Marcos River is popular for swimming and tubing in the summertime. The area sits directly behind the Harper Seed Company Cotton Gin, which was used as the Lee Bros. Meats building in TCM: The Beginning.


2020

Reverse angle


Gas station - 18726 Cameron Rd. Manor, Tx. 78653
(Cele Store)

The establishment opened in 1891, as the Richland Saloon. They serve outstanding barbecue, courtesy of their brick pit, which was built in 1964. They're only opened on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so plan your visit accordingly. Other productions filmed here over the years include A Perfect World, Secondhand Lions and TCM: The Beginning.


All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.





Old Crawford Mill - Across the street from* 4601 FM 1105 Walburg, Tx. 78626

The structure is a former cotton gin. The truck sitting in front, which was purposely covered up in the film, is a 1960 Chevrolet Viking grain truck.


All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.





Hewitt house - 901 County Rd. 336 Granger, Tx. 76530

The 6,000 square foot house was built in Austin, Tx. in the 1850's and then moved by train to it's current location in the 1930's where it was rebuilt brick by brick. At the entrance of the driveway there is a gate with "No Trespassing" signs and security cameras. The house and property were again used in TCM: The Beginning.


2020



Slaughterhouse - 2211 W. 2nd St. Taylor, Tx. 76574
(Taylor Meat Company)

Taylor Meat Company was founded in 1947.


2020

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.



19 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! I'm taking a road trip tomorrow just to see these places!! Thank you!

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  2. That's awesome! Let me know how your visits go.

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  3. do you know the location where the lady shoot herself in the van??

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  4. I'm sorry cessarrico, but as of right now I don't.

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  5. I would love to live their and get far away from my mommy

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  6. Omg just totally visited all these places today. Must stop in at the gas station an have a beer!!!! Super nice ppl best time ever

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  7. How are the owners of the house? Might take a trip while in Texas this Halloween, I'm from Florida and wherever I travel I have to check what horror movies was filmed on the state I visit

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    1. Veronica, there are "No Trespassing" signs at the head of the driveway to the house. Pretty sure anyone that approaches the house runs the risk of getting shot so probably best just to take photos from the road :)

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    2. There is a gate with cameras. You can stand at the gate in front of the house. They allow you to take pictures from the gate. I just visited the house today. I lost cellphone service as we got closer to the house. So that was creepy. They won't shoot you. Lol unless maybe you climbed over the gate?!🤷🏽‍♀️

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  8. Saw the house in march. That is one lonely road...

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  9. I just visited the old Crawford mill and the gas station today. It was awesome. I wish I could actually go inside the house and get pictures that would be beyond the highlight of my life. But pics are good. I have pics of the mill inside and out and pics of the gas station inside and out. The folks at the gas station are very nice people.

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    1. That meant to say "But pics from the road are good"

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  10. Jeffery,
    Does that address to the Old Crawford Mill work? Where is it?

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  11. haha, i just now noticed the picture of Gina.

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  12. Do you think it's possible for me to film a short film at this location? It would be for a High-School film but I would still be willing to pay in order to film there. I highly doubt it's possible since it is so famous, but does anyone know if there's a chance, or if I could talk to someone who owns the place and ask them?

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  13. I was driving from Austin to Pflugerville one day a few years ago and took "the back way" as it's called here. I stumbled upon 18726 Cameron Rd. in Manor, Tx and did a double take. I stopped for a minute and stared at the Cele Store, realizing it was from this film.

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  14. Is the tree where the hitchhiker shoots herself still unknown? It’s the only spot I gave yet to visit from this film.

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