Texas Chainsaw Massacre defined was transformed into ‘horror barbecue resort’

Brave fans are invited to expend the night at the renovated Last Chance gas station, the scene of the 1974 cult classic about a family of hungry cannibals

It is perhaps the worlds first horror barbecue joint and when it opens this summer, it will be a place of pilgrimage for fans of one of the most celebrated and influential horror movies of all time.

The building known, with good reason, as the Last Chance gas station had a starring role in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. After lying closed for years it will reopen to visitors as a kind of theme park homage to the horror franchise.

Writer and director Tobe Hoopers low-budget 1974 horror movie became a cult classic and inspired a slew of imitators, as well as a series of sequels and reboots. An origin story starring Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor, Leatherface, is slated for release this year.

In the original cinema, the filling station and barbecue joint is run by Drayton Sawyer, the head of a family of cannibals and a man with a passion for serving clients serving them in portions of chilli, that is.

The rural gas station, once known as Bilbos Texas Landmark in Bastrop county, had fallen into disrepair. But an Ohio businessman named Roy Rose who loved the horror cinema since he first considered it on his 10 th birthday, bought the property last year, endeavoured to Texas and set about restoring it.

Rose did not respond to requests for commentary but has posted paintings on Facebook of the renovations, from the repainted exterior to the We Slaughter Barbecue roof sign.

Adding to the projects gravitas, he brought Ari Lehman who played the first Jason Voorhees in the 1980 slasher movie Friday the 13 th on board as a partner.

The two have big plans for the site. Were going to build a horror barbecue resort, were going to put cabins in the back for all the fans that want to come and bide the night, Rose told KXAN local news last year.

Plans call for a cafe no doubt with chilli on the menu a merchandise store, an amusement region for gigs and a big screen to present the movie. Four cabins are being constructed for anyone brave enough to stay the night. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Gas Station is expected to open in mid-July, in agreement with the Facebook page.

While the gas station is being restored to its gory glory, these days the 1900 s-era house where Leatherface carves his route through the front doorway and Sally flees through a window does not make a big fuss about its place in cinematic history: it leads a most varied existence as a genteel restaurant “ve called the” Grand Central Cafe.

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