What can you say about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that hasn’t already been said in the past four decades? Well, apparently a whole lot! Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen, just wrote a 240-page book about the making of the film, and we’ve got the trailer for ya today.
Yea. A trailer. For a book. It’s the year 2013. That’s how we roll nowadays.
Check it out below, and look for Chain Saw Confidential in bookstores on September 24th. Wait… do bookstores even exist anymore? Well, you can always grab it on Amazon, where it’s available right now for pre-order!
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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