Texas Chainsaw Massacre Screenwriter Will Continue Baylor Film Series With Re-Discovered Film

March 15, 2011

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Famous for his writing of cult classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, screenwriter Tobe Hooper created the low-budget film Eggshells while a student at the University of Texas.

Baylor University Film and Digital Media will continue the Texas Independent Film Network Spring 2011 Film Series by showing Eggshells at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center on the Baylor campus.

"It's a real movie about 1969 ... improvisation mixed with magic," Hooper said. "It was about the beginning and end of the subculture."

A much more mellow film than most of Hooper's horror flicks, Eggshells captures a psychedelic life of young hippies abusing controlled substances. Believed to be lost for many years, a print version eventually was found and restored.

Hooper's works include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), along with its first sequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986); the three-time Academy Award-nominated, Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist (1982), and the three-time Emmy-nominated Stephen King film adaptation Salem's Lot (1979).

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of an ongoing series highlighting legendary Texan filmmakers. Hooper is from Austin, Texas.

The series will end at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, with Eagle Pennell's The Whole Shootin' Match (1978).

Castellaw Communications Center is at 219 Baylor Ave.

For more information, visit www.baylor.edu/comm_studies/.

by Susie Typher, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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