Think you know everything there is to know about Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE? Prepare to further your knowledge of the 1974 horror classic from Leatherface himself Gunnar Hansen, with his soon to be released book CHAIN SAW CONFIDENTIAL! There is already a massive wealth of anecdotal information in the form of documentaries and supplemental material that seemingly covers every nook & cranny, but who am I to say no to learning more about one of the greatest films ever made?! The publisher has cut a trailer with Hansen, who reminisces about the the troubles of running around in the dark with a real chainsaw! Check it out below.
CHAIN SAW CONFIDENTIAL tears into bookstores everywhere September 24th!
“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.”