Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie

Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie

by Gunnar Hansen

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When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing and deeply disturbing horror film." However it was an immediate hit with audiences. Banned and celebrated, showcased at the Cannes film festival and included in the New York MoMA's collection, it has now come to be recognized widely as one of the greatest horror movies of all time.

A six-foot-four poet fresh out of grad school with limited acting experience, Gunnar Hansen played the masked, chain-saw-wielding Leatherface. His terrifying portrayal and the inventive work of the cast and crew would give the film the authentic power of nightmare, even while the gritty, grueling, and often dangerous independent production would test everyone involved, and lay the foundations for myths surrounding the film that endure even today.

Critically-acclaimed author Hansen here tells the real story of the making of the film, its release, and reception, offering unknown behind-the-scenes details, a harrowingly entertaining account of the adventures of low-budget filmmaking, illuminating insights on the film's enduring and influential place in the horror genre and our culture, and a thoughtful meditation on why we love to be scared in the first place.

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ISBN-13: 9781452129501
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 894,887
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Gunnar Hansen is the author of several books of history, travel, and poetry. He lives on the coast of Maine.

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Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The actor who played Leatherface offers a fascinating account of the making, the distribution, the effect, and the importance of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The book is informative, funny, and opinionated. Who knew that behind Leatherface's mask was such a talented writer? I had not seen the film in years, but I rushed out to buy a copy when I finished the book. If you like this film, horror films, or just movies in general, read this.
migsue1 More than 1 year ago
Great read! Very informative especially if you are chainsaw fan!
the_protagonist1 More than 1 year ago
Gunnar Hansen, the man behind the mask of that iconic character leatherface gives us an in depth look at how Texas Chainsaw massacre was made. He gives us the feelings and emotions of being on the set but also tells it from the points of view from his fellow actors and crew members. Whether it's learning what it took to achieve that famous low angle dolly shot that went under a swing and ended on the house or how hellacious it was shooting the "Dinner Scene", it's all here. You are sure to be entertained and informed if you are a fan of the movie or interested in film making. - Review written by Curt Wiser Author of "Box Cutter Killer"