The original 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre seized the imaginations of audiences and critics, going from controversial cult sensation to being ranked by Total Film as the greatest horror movie ever made. It's been shown at Cannes, briefly banned in England, and included in the permanent collection of New York's MoMA. This fascinating literary memoir of the making of the film comes from the unique perspective of Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played the chain saw-wielding Leatherface. A critically acclaimed poet and author, Hansen tells the real story of the film, debunking myths, giving behind-the-scenes details, and offering insights on the film's reception and our enduring fascination with the horror genre today.
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The urban legends that swirl around the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre, that it was based on real events; that there were violent, drug-fueled orgies on set; that it was a “snuff” film; are far nuttier than the real deal. And yet—even the most outlandish rumors have kernels of truth in them.
Gunnar Hansen sets out to give us the real dope—and an eye-opening lesson in film-making along the way.
It’s just as juicy and pop-cult-crazed as it sounds—the heightened tension on the set, the unending brutal heat, blown takes, and the pot brownies, everyone just barely holding it together—it gets a little visceral.
Not to mention the horrific truth about the radical financial and physical exploitation of the cast and crew.
Chain Saw Confidential, is a remarkable film history document, that covers everything from scene-to-scene breakdowns, to the philosophical and aesthetic debates over the nature of horror itself.
Gunnar Hansen himself reads his work with aplomb.
Having the author read the book is always a plus for me. The author can properly add the correct inflection and make the story more intriguing. If the audiobook was narrated by someone else, I would have said no.
I haven't read many books like Chain Saw Confidential before. It definitely stands alone as one of the best books I have ever heard/read about the making of a motion picture.
Gunnar Hansen, of course.
This book definitely shows you the absolute hell these people went through to make this film. There were many parts where I just pitied those poor people. But hey, they made a damn good movie.
If you're a fan of Texas Chainsaw Massacre then this is a must read. Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) gives us the backstory on every facet of making TCM, from casting to distribution. What the cast and crew had to endure while filming in the sweltering heat of August in Texas is possibly more frightening than the film itself. A definite recommend.
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