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The 13 Coolest Alternate ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Posters

In 1974, the horror genre changed forever.

Wes Craven undoubtedly brought a new level of realism to horror cinema with The Last House on the Left in 1972, but one could argue that Tobe Hooper took things one step further with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre just two years later.

Gritty, disturbingly authentic and with a hulking villain who remains one of the most terrifying to ever grace the screen, Hooper’s seminal masterpiece shocked the world in 1974; as Rob Zombie wrote in his touching tribute to Hooper on Rolling Stone this week, “It was a genuine American nightmare caught on film for all the world to see.”

The low-budget film, made in Texas, sure made an impression on Hollywood and, well, pretty much everyone who saw it, inspiring and influencing countless filmmakers to pick up a camera and make their own horror movie. Filmmakers like Rob Zombie, whose debut House of 1000 Corpses owes a huge debt to Chain Saw.

Outside of the film world, artists have been showing their love for Hooper’s game-changer with their own tributes to Leatherface and his twisted family, and today we wanted to highlight some of the most impressive art tributes we’ve come across for the film. Specifically, we’re spotlighting alternate posters that fans have conjured up.

Here are 13 of the very best, in honor of the late Tobe Hooper’s enduring legacy.

Adam Rabalais

Casey Booth

Chris Haggett

Daniel Norris

Doaly

Florian Bertmer

Francesco Francavilla

Grzegorz Domaradzki

Jason Edmiston

Jason Edmiston

Javi

Jeff Proctor

 

Melvin Mago



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COMMENTS

34 Comments
  • MRNasher

    Wow.. some really great work.. Javi’s really is beautifully simple and Chris Haggett’s is superbly executed too.

  • Blade4693

    Now compare all of these to that recent Leatherface poster lol

    These are all great, it’s a shame today’s official posters rarely look as good as these do.

    • llcc1103

      bingo

  • The chicken man

    I want all of these on my walls!

  • Child_Of_Old_Leech

    Very cool , very cool…Verrrryy Coool.

  • Adam Michael

    I’m really bugged by one detail in the third one; it has a still from a modern Texas Chainsaw as Leatherface and it just sticks out to me too much. Otherwise, great collection, and even the third one still looks great.

  • Aaron Johnson

    I would like one of each please.

  • Laura Kinney (X-23)

    Now why can’t the new Leatherface movie have a poster like this instead of those lazy ass photoshop posters that we’re getting?!

  • JB

    Love these. One of each would be fine thanks.

  • sliceanddice

    Last one is my favourite because it has a strangely nightmarish quality.

  • This one is still the best of the bunch. Who will survive and what will be left of them?

    http://static.rogerebert.com/redactor_assets/pictures/53a389754206c58433000030/texaschainsawmassacre.jpg

  • pumkinheadfan VHS Forever!

    Not the best, but I kinda have a soft spot for the media VHS artwork as well! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d3222909a68d6018ccfa62088837a24d8ea3312aad1f28d774edfa965c4f18fb.jpg

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Same here. I have a framed poster of this box art. Always been my fav cover of the original.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Props to those few who structured the title correctly.

    • stickytroll

      To be fair, a lot of the official publicity/posters didn’t bother either!

  • Adam Doll

    In case anyone is interested Fright Rags has the eyeball design on a shirt.

  • Frank Bautista

    The posters are cool, and love the look of the first one, but dammit, enough of the whole “fold crease” bullshit you see artists including in their pieces. Scream Factory does this a lot with their posters and it defeats the purpose of looking like artwork on posters or VHS tapes back in the day. In the theaters, posters never looked liked that because they were new and fresh. VHS covers would never be folded like that either, because they are VHS boxes. The only way a poster would get folded like that is if you didn’t have a poster tube to place them in and you folded them up to put them in books or album sleeves for safe keeping. But that ain’t the definitive “look” of what those posters were like.

  • jose ramirez

    I love em all!

  • Juicyfruit

    they can change all the posters they want, it’s still a shit film. How embarrassing that the posters are better then the rubbish it is selling.

    • Jonathan Larsson

      I suppose picking a fight is a bit of a hobby of yours. Calling a genre-defining movie a shit show ain’t an opinion, it’s an invitation to an ass-kicking.

      • Juicyfruit

        go get fucked … I have an opinion, just because I don’t like it, so what – deal with it,

        • Jonathan Larsson

          I am dealing with it. It’s called defense, it’s commonly applied to things one cares about.

      • syntaxterror

        how are they picking a fight? Looks like you’re just lurking around looking for an excuse to find one that isn’t there. Let the OP have their opinion

        • Jonathan Larsson

          He called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, one of the original slasher films, rubbish in a related article. Nothing says he ain’t entitled to his own opinion, but if he expects everyone to take it lying down just because he’s free to voice it, then he lacks common sense. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
          And I didn’t lurk. His comment is nearly at the top of the article like a fricking billboard.

          • Juicyfruit

            I love it when people like you get salty. Deal with it: not everyone likes this film. I don’t give a donkey’s arse if everyone worships it – I don’t.

        • Jack Derwent

          He did the same thing on a post announcing the death of Tobe Hooper. He knows what he is doing.

  • HalesTales

    Ah! I love them all!!

  • Jack Derwent

    2003 Leatherface is in one of them.

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