Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
Director and co-writer Tobe Hooper wanted a modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel. A creepy true story from an odd friend brought Leatherface and his home to life, though the film itself is not a true story (despite its marketing).
In the film, Sally and her brother Franklin visit their family's old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere, only to happen upon a house of cannibals living next door. One by one Sally, Franklin, and their friends are lured into the home and slaughtered.
Originally located in Williamson County, the home was later moved and turned into an inn with a restaurant: the Grand Central Cafe.
The AV club gives a full tour of the inside of the inn and cafe (below). So you can still see the inside if you're too afraid to enter.
The inn offers serenity gardens where you can forget about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre's family dinner scene, and sits perched beside the Colorado River, where you can escape should Leatherface turn up. The price per night runs $160-200.
The colorful cafe offers biscuits & gravy and chicken fried steak and eggs to satiate those with non-human appetites.
Cover photo credit baby_jane_333 via Instagram.