Marilyn Burns, Star of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dies at Age 65

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Marilyn Burns, best known as the star of Tobe Hooper’s film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” was found dead in her home last week. Regularly named as one of the greatest “Scream Queens” of all time, Burns portrayed Sally Hardesty in the 1974 horror film.
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Marilyn Burns, best known as the star of Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” was found dead of natural causes in her home near Houston on Tuesday, August 4, 2014. She was 65.

Burns, born in Erie, Pa., on May 7, 1949, studied drama at the University of Texas at Austin. She did volunteer work for the Texas Film Commission, before accepting a role in Tobe Hooper’s film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Burns played “final girl” Sally Hardesty, who goes with her brother and friends to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried and ends up as the only survivor of an encounter with the insane family led by chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.

Burns acting career was varied, spanning such films including “The Great Waldo Pepper” and Robert Altman’s “Brewster McCloud.” In 1976, she appeared as Charles Manson follower Linda Kasabian in the TV movie “Helter Skelter.” Burns, however, always came back to her greatest role, returning in a cameo in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” and in archival footage in “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

Fans can celebrate Burns master role this fall, with a restored and re-mastered version of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” released by MPI Media Group. This all-new 4k scan authorized by director Tobe Hooper is being released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic. “Never in my wildest dreams,” Burns said in a Fresno Bee interview, “did I think that almost 40 years later I would be talking about it.”

You can see the trailer for the 40th anniversary version below:

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It has been called raw, unshakeable, and the movie that redefined horror. Today, writer-producer-director Tobe Hooper’s dark, visionary tale remains unparalleled in its impact as one of the most frightening motion pictures ever made. And to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original restored film in an all-new 4k scan authorized by Tobe Hooper, with a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen out-takes!

If your video library is collected on discs, you’ll want to order “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Edition” on DVD, Blu-ray, or Multi-format disc from Amazon.com. – McC

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Amazon Video (digital)Five youths on a weekend getaway fall prey to a depraved family of cannibals in Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece of subversive horror, now featuring a 4k digital transfer and all-new surround sound mix supervised by the director. Starring: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain.

If your video library is collected in digital form on a hard drive, you’ll want to buy the digital download of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Edition” from Amazon Video. Or, if you prefer, you can watch it before you buy (terms apply). Best of all, you can watch it for free with Amazon Prime! Don’t have Amazon Prime? Try a 30-day free trial! – McC

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