Gas station from Texas Chain Saw Massacre re-opening as horror hotel

Contributed by
Aug 26, 2016, 6:07 PM EDT

A horror landmark is getting a new lease on life next month.

According to Bloody Disgusting, the gas station used in Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror masterpiece The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is going to re-open for business on Oct. 8 as what the owner calls a "horror BBQ resort."

The gas station, which sits on one acre of land in Bastrop, Texas, 40 minutes outside of Austin, was going to be torn down last year until an Ohio businessman named Roy Rose swooped in and picked it up. This was Rose's second attempt to purchase the property; he had been turned down once before by the original owners. 

Since buying the station (once known as the Last Chance Gas Station), Rose has brought in Ari Lehman -- the first Jason in the original 1980 Friday the 13th -- as an investor to help develop the property. The plan is to turn it into a themed destination resort, complete with restaurant, gift shop, cabins for overnight stays and even a music venue. 

The gas station, of course, was the last stop for five young friends before they encountered Leatherface and company in Hooper's unforgettable movie. Strangely, it's also the second setting from the film to be turned into a tourist destination -- the Sawyer house, the film's primary location where most of its horrors take place, was moved to Kingsland, Texas, and turned into an eatery called the Grand Central Cafe, which is still operating.

Check out the gas station's Facebook page and official website for more info as the opening day draws closer, and there's also a local TV report below that has some more info. If you're headed to the Austin area in October, you might want to stop by ... just keep your door locked.