Horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s gas station reopened as a living tribute in the form of dual barbecue joint and motel. Owner Roy Rose is giving new life to the dilapidated filling outpost at 1073 Texas State Highway 304 in Bastrop, restoring the site of Leatherface's carnage from the 1974 film into a horror barbecue resort, The Gas Station.
The October 8 grand opening drew a big crowd where people waited for nearly three hours, according to TMZ. The celebration included barbecue and a guest appearance by Ed Neal, the actor who played the hitchhiker in the original film.
Overnight cabins (aptly stockpiled with famous horror movies) start at $129. The business is also peddling film-related swag from its gift shop and online including action figures, posters, t-shirts, and planks of wood from the original front porch.
The horror destination’s upcoming special events includes a guest appearance by the slasher series’ actress Caroline Williams (who played "Stretch") from October 28 to October 31. Ed Neal will also return for an encore appearance on October 30 and October 31. Plus, there will be plenty of barbecue.
Notably, Ari Lehman, the actor who played Jason Voorhees in the original Friday the 13th film, is an investor in the property.