Chain Saw Confidential

Chain Saw Confidential

How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie

Book - 2013
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Grand Central Pub
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.

Baker & Taylor
The actor who portrayed "Leatherface" in the classic horror movie recounts the making of the film, describes its release and reception, presents behind-the-scenes information, and explores the excitement of low-budget filmmaking.

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Hansen, star of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, reveals the production process and clarifies the wealth of rumors about the movie. He describes how he came to be involved in acting in this particular movie, and how the cast and crew converged on the project. Disgusting setpieces, dangerous stunts, and the psychological sequelae of the movie for the cast are elaborated in conversational narrative with many quotations from other crew members, as well as the narrative arc of the movie and the way that it developed and changed during filming. Finally the billing as a true story, public and critical reception, and the literary and artistic context of the film are discussed. A section of glossy color backstage photographs is included. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781452114491
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 HANSEN
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 24 cm


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