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The ranch where most of the filming was done is so close to the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park that director Jeff Burr swears you can hear screams from the rollercoaster during some takes.
Junior loves them private parts. We knows what to do with them parts. Cut my own out years ago, I did.
Near the beginning of the movie, when "Alfredo" takes the girl's picture, the position of his hands changes several times when he is holding the photographer of her.
The UK R2 DVD release has both the "director's cut" (DC) and "R Rated" (RR)versions as well as an alternate ending and various deleted scenes. The DC runs 4 minutes longer than the RR. About 2 mins of this extra footage is the build up to the murder of the guy by a wired-up sledgehammer. In the RR, "Tex" describes the device and then there is a rapid cut to a close-up of a hand pulling the rope setting the sledgehammer off. In the DC after Tex describes the device the little girl appears and asks the others to let her use it; they agree and Tex puts her on a counter and talks to her and then she pulls the string. There is also footage of her draining blood from the victim into a cup and taking this to Leatherface who is seated at the table. The rest of the additions consist of various gore shots - especially (a) the RR deletes all close-ups of the screws which have been nailed into Kate Hodge's hands including the extended shot of her freeing one hand by pulling it through the screw (b) several shots eliminated when Ken Foree machine-guns the cannibals including a shot of fingers being blown-off (c) several shots removed when Leatherface kills his first victim up against a tree. The deleted scenes section of the DVD reveals that this scene was intended to be more graphic but the special effects shots didn't really work (d) footage of Leatherface marking a "x" with lipstick on Kate Hodge's forehead prior to him reviving up his chainsaw is missing from the RR (e) close-up of the stabbing of Kate Hodge in the leg by the little girl also removed from the RR (f) footage detailing the skinning of William Butler have been removed from the RR as well as a couple of shots when he is strung up. (g) when the gas station attendant pulls a severed head out of his bag and throws it in the swamp the DC has additional footage of him kissing it (prior to him spitting at it). The alternate ending is the one described above (in which Ken Foree is killed and Kate Hodge sees the little girl in the back of the police car).
$2,692,087 14 January 1990