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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.

©2013 Gunnar Hansen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-16-13

Leatherface Speaks

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great background on classic film

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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Perfect

It was perfect and inspiring, Gunnar Hansen is a perfect narrator and he sets the tone perfectly

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A Haunting and Intriguing Look Into Making TTCSM

Would you consider the audio edition of Chain Saw Confidential to be better than the print version?

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.

What other book might you compare Chain Saw Confidential to and why?

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.

Which character – as performed by Gunnar Hansen – was your favorite?

Gunnar Hansen, of course.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

A film that passed the limits of horror and changed horror cinema for ever. I admire the overall people who made this movie because they broke the rules and made something remarkable.
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  • Stav
  • London, UK
  • 03-10-17

Highly recommended for any horror fan

The real story behind filming this horror classic is fascinating and narrated by the one and only Leatherface. What more could you ask?

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a real good look at the filming

I enjoyed it a lot. Didn't realize how big of an impact it was because it's about 12 older than me

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Unnecessarily TOO LONG!

This whole book, could have been "summed up" in 1hr!
The additional 6hrs & "change", were filled with intellectual over examination from every angle possible.
From psychological theories, to other theories, to the point of O.C.D.!
Sorry Gunner, I AM a fan!
But, DAMN!
I feel asleep several times while listening to this.
(maybe it was your soothing voice)
When I awoke, I did not feel the need to go back and listen to what I missed. I was happy it was over.
I enjoyed "your buddie",
Kane Hodder's book, much more.
Sorry. Just "MY" opinion.
No disrespect intended.

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  • Gerard
  • 02-17-17

essential horror reading

the texas chain saw massacre has long been my favourite horror film, and this book not only reinforces that, but enhances it. i cant wait to watch it again having listened to Gunnar Hansen's insightful, no nonsense book. well spoken and never cheesy, his cool voice and attitude made this book for me. so much trivia and insight into what made chainsaw a great movie, along with a great chapter on what horror is - cannot recommend this book enough. ESSENTIAL for fans of the movie and horror in general.

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  • jonathan
  • 11-09-16

Amazing book, terrible recording.

Brilliant story from the perspective of Leatherface and other cast members. The only problem is the quality of the recording, which is terrible. You have to turn it up really high if you are anywhere other than at home or in a library and when you do, Gunnar's voice becomes muffled and difficult to understand. Shame because it really is a very interesting listen.