» Andarve Production
» 1 VHS tape
» Clamshell VHS Case
» Unknown amount
» The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (movie)
» VHS, PAL
» 4:3 Fullscreen
» The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
» The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
» Tobe Hooper
» Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, Robert Courtin, William Creamer, John Henry Faulk, Jerry Green, Ed Guinn, Joe Bill Hogan
As far as packaging goes there's not really any luxury to it. The VHS (which comes with an unusual black and white design) is housed in a yellow plastic case and features a cover art commonly found on American VHS and Beta releases. For Sweden, this is a highly unusual cover design and it was never re-used for any later editions of the film (on any format) over here.
The yellow case was manufactured by Esselte Video and probably only issued for rentals as the company stopped making cases before the era of the video retail market. It's probably not a special case by design but easily but I for one have never actually seen a case like it before (it has a strange combination of matte hard plastic exterior and a softer type of glossy plastic tray holding the tape).
In conclusion this is just another blast from the past for your truly hardcore VHS nostalgics and not something I'd recommend for everyone. I mean it's just a VHS and even if it's one of the rarest ones I've come across it's still just a VHS and not something to hunt for unless your as twisted as I am.
This was the only uncut version of the film that excisted in Sweden at the time, which also caused it to get deleted rather quickly. What's more remarkable is that this release was actually subtitled in Swedish, which hadn't been done before (on this movie).
In all fairness the film isn't actually fully uncut - even if it's not cut for blood and gore it actually removes 30 seconds from the imfamous "dinner scene" towards the end of the movie. This cut was done purely as a decision by the distributors themselves and had nothing to do with forced censorship etc.
For a detailed view of what was cut, please refer to this video.
This release is by far one of the rarest version I own of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Originally issued by Andarve Production this (completely uncut) ex-rental first saw the light of day in 1986 but due to the fact that the film was BANNED in Sweden at the time it was quickly taken off the rental shelves.
In order to get a clear picture of the films history in Sweden one needs to dwell much deeper than expected. The ban of the film originated with the broadcasting of TV-show debating violent movies and their effect on young children. The show, entitled Studio S, was a program where a live studio audience debated on varies topics and on december 2nd, 1980, the question of discussion was listed as "Who needs video?".
In summary, this specific episode of Studio S caused a nation-wide moral panic and a public outcry to ban several horror movies (including The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) as they were deemed way too accessable for young children and in the chaos that followed the police actually did raides to hunt down the excisting copies of the film. Much like the United Kingdom after the Video Recording Act of 1984, Sweden got it's own set of video censorship laws the very same year.
After being banned for 10 years the film was re-submitted for censorship check in 1994 and was finally re-released on VHS for the Swedish market... but it was now cut.
It wasn't until 2001 (!) that the film was was made available in it's fully uncut version (the same as the old Andarve release).
Rumor has it that the owner of Andarve Production - Anders Andarve - actually turned himself in to the police (to pay for the crime of releasing the movie in the first place). He is said to have been fined with the sum of 100 000 SEK (roughly 10 000 EUR), which he gladly paid without a hassle as he had made roughly five times as much money on distributing the movie to begin with.
The case has no bardcode and no year of release printed on it.