Love it or hate it you can’t deny what The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has done for the horror genre. Touted as a breakthrough in celluloid to a degrading absurd waste of film, TCM opened the door for horror filmmakers to take an unflinching look on horror. The film has spawned countless sequels, remakes, prequels and has made Leatherface one of the most iconic figures in horror. With all this movie has done, details of the creation of the film have not been fully exposed, until now. Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface gives his play by play of what really happened before, during and after the filming of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in his book: Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie. Think you already know everything that happened? After reading his account you maybe rethinking what you thought you knew.
Hansen gives his daily account of all the elements that went into making this film, from the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. He discusses how isolated he felt during the filming and how numerous factors left the cast of one of the most iconic movies in the horror genre with less than stellar paychecks for their efforts. Gunnar also goes into fun film facts and what he believes are the real origins of the movie, plus so much more. At 234 pages this book starts on point and doesn’t veer off course. This is one of those rare books that will entertain the hardcore horror fans to the regular reader who is looking for a good book to sink their saw into!
Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie is available at Amazon UK.