Who knew Leatherface was a poet?
When I discovered the book, “Chain Saw Confidential“, 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 interesting stories involved the late Marilyn Burns (aka Sally) and what she went through all in the name of movie making. Hansen describes the rough shooting conditions with an almost nostalgic voice. It’s clear he remembers his part in “Massacre” history fondly. While “Massacre” isn’t my favorite horror film, it definitely leaves a lasting impression with its raw style. If you’re even remotely interested in the movie itself or low budget filmmaking, this is a fun, enjoyable read.
While you’re at it, be sure to check out the all-new 4k transfer for the 40th anniversary of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” on Blu-ray. I haven’t seen it yet, but I hear it’s gorgeous.
(Note: You’ll notice I did something a little different this week. I plan to start sharing little mini-reviews of things I like such as books, movies, games, etc. Enjoy!)