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Fan Film ‘Sally’s Escape from Hell’ Captures Feel of Original ‘Chain Saw Massacre’

You won’t find a better Chain Saw fan film out there.

By far the best aspect of Texas Chainsaw 3D was that it returned to the events of Tobe Hooper’s original classic, showing us what happened right after the 1974 film came to a close. Similarly, mega fan Gus Trapani has taken the franchise back to its ’70s roots with Sally’s Escape from Hell, a new short that makes me question my stance on fan films being relatively useless.

With Sally’s Escape from Hell, which essentially reimagines Sally Hardesty’s struggle for survival in the final act of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Trapani impressively manages to capture both the manic terror and inherent goofiness that helped make Hooper’s film such a standout slice of horror cinema. The filmmaker explains his goal with the short…

This film was simply a passion project made out of the love we have for Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The goal was to try and capture the raw feeling of the original film while adding a tad of our own flavor. Shot in two days with no crew.

Check out the incredible short below, which stars Jennie Yates as Sally.



  • IWC-3PO

    Not bad, but hardly “incredible”.

  • As a filmmaker myself, I’m blown away by the effort, ability and execution. There’s a lot of really great stuff in here. Most impressive is the tone and aesthetic re-creation of this. Really well done, guys!

  • Very good, a great homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  • Darkknight2149

    Gary Tunnicliffe’s fan film was also well made.

  • pacman68

    Nice! Great sun flairs at the end and you really captured the tone of TCM. I dug it.

  • Mike Gionfriddo

    Awesome! I liked how this particular one was shot in a more surburban setting. Just thinking that something like that could happen there, really amps up the creep factor to 1000!

  • thegunshow

    Very impressive. These guys must have put a lot of hours into studying the look of the original film because it captures it better than any Chainsaw movie since.

  • jonvon

    I thought that was amazing. They nailed the vibe and atmosphere of the original. The only thing holding it back from perfection I thought what the 4k. to clean

  • dukeblues

    He got the tone down perfectly.

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