CONTEST CLOSED! Win an Autographed Copy of Gunnar Hansen's Chain Saw Confidential
Around these parts October 1st marks the official beginning of Halloween season, and we're kicking it off in style with a special contest that fans of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will want to pay close attention to. Now that we've piqued the interest of 99.99% of you...
A short while back we reported on Gunnar Hansen's Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie, which arrived online and in bookstores on September 24th. Maybe you're a procrastinator and haven't picked it up yet. Well, thanks to us and Chronicle Books, three of you lazy bastards will receive your very own copy in the US Mail - one of which will be signed by Leatherface himself!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
When first released in 1974, the terrifying film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was both reviled and championed, seizing the imaginations of audiences and critics alike. From its early days as a controversial cult sensation to its showing at the Cannes film festival and inclusion in the collection of New York’s MoMA, it is now recognized as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, even while mystery and mythology around the film endures.
A six-foot-four poet fresh out of grad school with limited acting experience, Gunnar Hansen played the masked, chainsaw-wielding “Leatherface.” Now in Chain Saw Confidential, critically acclaimed author Hansen steps from behind his “Leatherface” mask to tell the true story behind the making of this iconic film.
Combining his unique perspective with conversations with fellow cast and crew members, Hansen debunks myths and offer fresh behind-the-scenes details on the film’s inventive but often quite dangerous independent production, illuminating insights into the film’s reputation and place in popular culture, and a thoughtful meditation on why we love to be scared in the first place.
● What footage director Tobe Hooper cut for being too disturbing
● The psychological ramifications for several of the cast and crew members
● Which actor maintained character for the entirety of the filming
● What major newspaper called it a “despicable film”
● How the film’s marketing as a true-story created confusion and claims that people know “the real” Leatherface, even today.
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