Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie

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 NewWhen 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.
Chain Saw Confidential How We Made the World s Most Notorious Horror Movie When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in it was both reviled and championed To critics it was either a degrading senseless misuse of film and time or an intelligent absorbi

  • Title: Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie
  • Author: Gunnar Hansen
  • ISBN: 9781452114491
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. R.I.P. GUNNAR HANSEN 1947-2015He created one of the all time screen icons, starred in one of the all time horror movies and then wrote a great little book all about it.***To my surprise The Texas Chain Saw Massacre still stands up as a great horror film. Its power, wild kinetic energy and aura of rot and disgust are intact. Further surprises are found when watching it again after many years – there’s only one scene which has any blood in it, and there’s only one death-by-chainsaw in the wh [...]

    2. [RIP Gunnar Hansen 1947-2015]Gunnar is often too reliant on quotes from his colleagues to flesh out his narrative, but this is a fun and revealing descent into the making of one of the world's freakiest movies by a group of completely normal people. His quote about a chainsaw-swingin' mishap later in the filming could well describe the entire process: "It was pure luck -- dumb, idiotic, inbred-toothless-country-boy-banjo-twangin' beginner's luck. I'll never do anything like that again." Hansen c [...]

    3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre has always been one of my all time favorite movies. So reading about Gunnar and his portrayal of Leatherface I found to be an unforgettable and fascinating biography on so many levels. Having studied film in college I was impressed at discovering the story behind how this film got made on such a low budget with a minimal crew. I imagined this could've been a film I would've loved to have worked on in college if only I had gone to film school in Texas in the 1970's! Beside [...]

    4. I picked this book up at a half-off sale on a whim after attending a late-night screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - my first time seeing the sequel. Across the board, that film was a very weak follow up to one of my favorite horror movies. Still, seeing Leatherface on the big screen inspired me to learn more about the making of the original film. I had some trepidation about the writing skills of the actor who played Leatherface and worried the book would be painful to read. Thankfully, his [...]

    5. A literal scene-by-scene analysis of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, told from the viewpoint of the actor who played the original Leatherface. I'd have to say this is an account strictly for rabid fans of the movie. As a horror film historian, I found this mostly boring with occasional interesting anecdotes interspersed throughout; but then again, I don't think I'd even have TCSM in my top ten, so maybe I'm not its target audience. Hansen regales us with stories of everything you could possibly wa [...]

    6. I have vivid memories of viewing THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Chief among them was that I spent the last 30-minutes of the movie clutching the armrests of the chair. I have not seen anything before or since with such extended, unrelieved tension. I left the theater thinking that I couldn't imagine who would ever watch this a second time. Today, I believe I've seen it 4 times, and I own a striking Blu-ray copy.Love it or hate it, it is not a film that one sees and forgets about. All of the eleme [...]

    7. Despite its slow, ponderously detailed first half, which provides a near shot for shot retelling of the entire process of making the film, which would be better suited to a making of documentary on a future DVD release of the film in question, Gunnar Hansen's memoir/cultural history/critical analysis of one of the world's most well known and notorious horror films is a delight for the film buff in all of us. Watching the film in which Hansen made his cinematic debut is disturbing to say the leas [...]

    8. I first knew of Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I stole peeks from my bedroom door while my mother was watching it on the VHS. She loved watching horror and the video rental guy told her this would be right up her street. Boy, was she (and I) surprised.30 years later, I'm reading a memoir on the making of the movie by Leatherface himself. Gunnar Hansen, a poet (Leatherface's a poet!), joined the cast because he thought acting in a small budget horror movie would be fun. Little did anyone involved i [...]

    9. Who knew Leatherface was a poet? When I discovered this book, I had no idea Gunnar Hansen (Mr. Leatherface himself) was also a writer. Hansen brings a professional yet conversational style to the accounts (both his own and those of actors and crew) of the "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" production. I really dug this book. There were a few things about the making of the movie that I did not know - little tidbits of info for any aspiring filmmaker - that were quite enlightening. Some of the most intere [...]

    10. This book was interesting behind the scenes look at a movie that freaks me out when I see it. I haven't seen it in a long time so I may feel differently now. From what Mr Hanson writes the shooting of this very low budget, sophomore effort by Tobe Hooper, film was brutal by anyone standards from start to finish. Intense heat, grueling schedule and really horrible odors. Some interesting stories in this book regarding production and development of this horror classic. All was good until Mr Hansen [...]

    11. A behind the scenes telling from Gunnar Hansen? Yes please! I have always found it interesting to hear from the actual ones involved in these projects. Especially the cult pictures. The drama behind the scenes on this one in particular (TCM) was very interesting. THIS would actually make a good movie if they were to make another Chainsaw flick (god help us if they do). I'd rather see them tackle something like the movie Hitchcock (about the making of Psycho) than see another Chainsaw sequel. But [...]

    12. Didn't like this for the same reason I don't really like reading band biographies. I don't really care that Tobe Hooper was locally famous in 1970 for doing a PBS documentary on Peter, Paul, and Mary. It's all just sort of uninteresting to me. Plus I found Hansen's writing style to be quite dry.Often things are better left in the abstract.

    13. Gunnar Hansen details the exhauting shooting of the film under the Texas heat (and a pot plantation in the yard). This was a very fun and interesting read.

    14. Good readEnjoyed "Leatherface's" tale of the making of my favorite horror film. The details and revelations shared are priceless for a fan. A must read for genre fans, too.

    15. One of the first “adult” horror films I watched was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I was 9 years old and my dad took me to our local video store. In this store was a separate room that was dark, loud, and had red lights coming from under the door. Cobwebs covered the interior. It was all fake but to me it was a nightmare. It took three times to walk in there and see what laid beyond the door. It was horror films. My dad let me pick one. He wanted to see if I could handle it, I remember asking [...]

    16. (This review is an excerpt. For the full version, head to fangirlsreaditfirst.wordpress)In the eyes of many horror fans, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the greatest movies within the genre. It was released in 1974 and was quickly renowned for its craftsmanship and surprisingly bloodless violence. It was hated as much as it was loved. And in the form of Chain Saw Confidential, the one taking on the telling of the film’s origin story (and the reckoning of its legacy) is Gunnar Hansen. Wh [...]

    17. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is my favorite horror movie. For such a low budget, it is genuinely terrifying. Not to mention new actors and a new director. This book is written by (the late) Gunnar Hansen who is the actor for the villain Leatherface. He talks about how the movie was produced and what they did to after filming for the day. One of my favorites things Gunnar talked about was how nobody saw his mask until they filmed with him. Every reaction everybody had was real, they were genuin [...]

    18. I don't normally read real-life, but this was good. Guess it helps that I own the movie, so could watch and notice specifics from the book

    19. The title says it all. The author, Gunnar, who played 'Leatherface', discusses what it was like filming this over the course of eight weeks in the awful Texas heat in 1973 and getting screwed out of their money. He originally only got $800 for the role.Most interesting to me was that the story was 'rooted' in Hansel and Gretel (who doesn't love that story?) and that Leatherface's mask and home 'furnishings' were inspired by American murderer Ed Gein, which I already knew, having seen shows on Ed [...]

    20. Chain Saw Confidential by Gunnar Hansen is a First-Reads advance reader copy of a book I received for free and, quite honestly, very fortunately, since my boyfriend adores horror films and horror movie conventions. So, yeah, it felt like I was earning good-girlfriend points, being given a book I would choose to read, and going to learn a lot about a movie I haven't yet seen (yes, I know, I'll see it as soon as I can).As I've gotten older, I've found that I encounter horror films by chance, inst [...]

    21. While I found most of what is talked about in the book interesting, I found the entire thing to feel a bit bloated. It's only 230 pages, but it feels like an eternity to get through and it took me about the same amount of time to read that it usually takes me a 500 page book. I just kept putting it down because many of the same things would be repeated over and over again.Each chapter covers a topic of interest to me (I am a big Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan), but Hansen has a way of repeating the [...]

    22. This is an absolutely exceptional book, one I've been looking forward to for a long time!This cannot be highly recommended enough, not only for Chainsaw fans but as a treatise for how dangerous and exciting low budget film making can be.Mr Gunnar Hansen is a superbly talented writer and takes the reader through the whole movie practically scene by scene, explaining frustrations, retelling anecdotes and always with a retrospective analytical eye. (He continually reminds and enlightens on how he f [...]

    23. This was a good reads first read win.Let me start by saying that I love the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The original from 1974. That being said I still read this book with an open mind. Gunnar Hansen tells the story from before filming started right through the end and then the aftermath and all the controversy that surrounded the movie and the cast. I had no idea that the star of Chainsaw was a poet and a gentle giant. It is funny how we can perceive people just from a role in a movie. Gunner even [...]

    24. Since it's release almost 40 years ago in 1974, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been called one of the greatest horror films of all times. I know it's certainly one of my favorites.Now "Leatherface", himself, poet and author, Gunnar Hansen has written a book that takes you behind the scenes of the filming of the movie most people weren't even sure would ever make it to the screen.Hansen takes the reader from beginning of filming, scene by scene, until the final cut. He addss commentary from the [...]

    25. I am a fan of well-done horror films. Favorites include Halloween, The Blair Witch Project, and Paranormal Activity -- films which actually terrify you rather than gross you out. Although The Texax Chainsaw Massacre is not a movie I would want to watch over and over, it fits in that category, especially since the filmmakers did not have the money to include elaborate special effects. Chain Saw Confidential was written by Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played Leatherface in the film. It describes t [...]

    26. I received an advance copy of ths book in a giveaway. Though my copy contains a few typographical errors, I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. This account of the making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was written by Gunnar Hansen, who portrayed Leatherface in the film. As it turns out, he is a poet and a writer of books. There are some interesting stories about what happened onset and the aftermath of the film's release. Included are quotes from interviews with cast members, production crew membe [...]

    27. I got my first look at The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1977 under ideal conditions: an auditorium full of screaming people whose nerve endings were being played like a harp from hell. From its blunt, attention-grabbing title to its abrupt, open-ended conclusion, everything about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre seemed original and unexpected. Its structure -- a long weird build, followed by nonstop hammering intensity -- and its moments of outrageous humor only added to the impact. As Leatherface, t [...]

    28. Gunnar Hansen, ol' Leatherface himself, does a credible job of chronicling the making of the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a film that has become legendary not only for its visceral thrills but for its incredibly difficult shooting conditions. Hansen pulls no punches, but also writes with warmth and amusement of his experiences. The fact that Hansen is a gifted writer may surprise many Chainsaw fans, but it shouldn't: Hansen was already an accomplished poet, and a part-time English/writ [...]

    29. Freddy, Jason, Michael, Chuckyne of them can ever scare you like Leatherface.I watched TCM for the very first time when I was 7 (October 1997), my older cousins were watching it, I hid under the couch to watch it (I was supposed to be in bed). 80 minutes later I was ruined, turned from normal(ish) girl into horror fanatic.That year I was Leatherface for halloween, definitely the scariest kid on the street. When I was 10 I got sent home because of my TCM lunchbox. At 14 I was sent to a therapist [...]

    30. Summary:Gunner Hansen, the actor who played Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre tells his story of how the movie was made. He talks about the low-budget, crazy hours, cast and crew relationships, and sometimes dangerous stunts. It is a true behind-the-scenes novel.My thoughts:Honestly, I am a horror fan. I love how the genre evolves. I love how writers come up with the most off the wall things and then pull it off on screen. This look at how movie makers achieved a classic film with rela [...]

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