R.I.P. Marilyn Burns, star of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Marilyn Burns, one of the original scream queens, has passed away at the age of 65. She was found by a family member in her Texas home on Tuesday. No cause of death has yet been established.

Horror fans the world over will never forget her stunning performance as Sally in Tobe Hooper’s groundbreaking 1974 classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and without Burns’ performance the film may have had a lesser impact than it did. Burns screamed her way through the films finale, leaving a lost lasting impression of viewers who were already terrified.

Burns was born in Erie, Penn., raised in Texas and had small parts in films including Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud while she was still in high school, and George Roy Hill’s The Great Waldo Pepper.

But she was most known for horror films including Hooper’s 1977 Eaten Alive, about an insane hotel proprietor who feeds his guests to his pet alligator. Among her other films were Kiss Daddy Goodbye and Future-Kill.

In 1976, she appeared in TV movie Helter Skelter as Charles Manson follower Linda Kasabian. She had a cameo in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and was seen in her original role in archival footage in Texas Chainsaw 3D.

HCF send our condolences and thoughts to Marilyn Burns’ family and friends.

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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