Now available on blu-ray for the first time, Eggshells is a stoner’s time capsule of the Texas capital in the late sixties by Tobe Hooper, the legendary Austin filmmaker and director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Before The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper made this psychedelic comedy set in the heady days of anti–Vietnam War protest. In its own weird way, Eggshells is a documentary of that moment in Austin when hippies and rednecks merged into one through music and other “recreational activities.” But it is also infused with Hooper’s love of Hammer horror and the phantasmagorical.
Louis Black and Mark Rance restored Eggshells, Hooper’s first film, from the only known 35 mm print. The box set also includes commentary by Hooper and Black, two of Hooper’s early short films, and a booklet that contains an illustrated biography of Hooper’s childhood and an essay by Black.
“Eggshells is a true 1968 film, psychedelic and political. . . . The film celebrates alternative lifestyles and politics and people and an odd, kinky semi-mysticism that is grounded more in humor than the supernatural,” David Hudson wrote on the website Notebook.