BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Construction crews are hard at work to restore a rundown filling station featured in the 1974 film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” An Ohio businessman has joined forces with a horror film actor to transform Last Chance Gas Station into a paradise for scary movie lovers.
Nail by nail and board by board, workers spent Monday fulfilling the dream of Roy Rose and cult classic fans across the globe. Rose fell in love with “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” on his 10th birthday. Several years ago, he reached out to the couple who owned the gas station — interested in buying it. They initially declined.
But in April, Rose received the perfect birthday offer. “Here, 30 years later, I purchased that building on my birthday,” he said with a smile.
Rose packed up his family and moved to Bastrop from Cleveland, Ohio, where he owns head shops and a tattoo supply business. He immediately began a mission to bring the barbecue joint and filling station on County Road 304 back to its original glory — and some.
“We’re going to build a horror barbecue resort,” Rose explained. “We’re going to put cabins in the back for all the fans who want to come and stay the night.” The redesigned gas station will also include an outdoor stage for musical acts and a shop filled with scary movie memorabilia.
Rose’s partner in the project, Ari Lehman, is more than just knowledgeable about cult classics; he starred in one. Lehman played the first Jason Voorhees in “Friday the 13th,” and now leads punk metal band First Jason.
“Perhaps the only fans more dedicated than ‘Friday the 13th’ fans are ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ fans,” Lehman said.
While many lovers of the classic film already make the trip to Last Chance Gas Station, Lehman expects many more will travel to Bastrop County for live music, memorabilia and plenty of frights at the barbecue resort.
“It’ll be a safe, and fun and scary place for families and everybody to come and have a good time,” he said.
Rose anticipates construction will be complete late this summer. He is looking to buy more “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” memorabilia in Central Texas to his already large collection. Anyone interested in selling theirs can click here to contact Rose.