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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Chain Saw Confidential' Book Review

Updated: 10/07/2013 6:45 PM
Created: 10/07/2013 5:03 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

My favorite movie of all time is “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)” and Gunnar Hansen who played the character “Leatherface” has just released a book called “Chain Saw Confidential.”

When I received my review copy in the mail, I was extremely excited and could not wait to read it.

I read “Chain Saw Confidential” in less than two days. It is amazing, and is the best book I have read on “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

In “Chain Saw Confidential,” Gunnar gives us an in-depth look at what it was like filming one of the most terrifying movies at the time.  He tells us in great detail the real story of what happened during the making of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

The thing that I enjoyed the most about “Chain Saw Confidential” is that Gunnar breaks down the movie into sections and talks about how each scene was filmed from what he remembered. 

I thought it was very interesting how Gunnar prepared himself for the role of Leatherface.  Leatherface couldn’t talk and made noises like a pig, so Gunnar decided to visit his friend’s pig farm and tried to imitate the sounds they were making.

Gunnar describes everything in such great detail, that you feel you like you were there.  He describes the heat and how uncomfortable it was filming Chainsaw.  He talks about the tension on the set between actors and crew and also how crazy things got during filming.

Hansen starts out “Chain Saw Confidential” with talking about how the actors got their roles in the film and how he got the opportunity to be the iconic killer.  I really enjoyed this and thought it was very interesting, because Gunnar was not the first choice for Leatherface, and I didn’t know that.

Hansen talks about all of the problems that he had playing Leatherface and the complications that occurred during the filming.  For example, Gunnar’s Leatherface costume was not very comfortable.  The mask was hard to see out of and the boots didn’t have good grips on them. The suit he wore could not be washed, so it smelled really bad.

Gunnar talked to a lot of people that were involved with the making of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and included their stories also. I thought that was also very interesting, because you also got to hear their side of the story about filming particular scenes and making the movie.

Another thing that I learned was that there are so many rumors and myths about “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” that are not true such as the movie is based on a true story and that “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” really happened. Gunnar talks about all of the myths and debunks them.

Overall, I really enjoyed “Chain Saw Confidential” a lot.  It was extremely interesting and fascinating.  If you are a fan of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” or a horror movie fan, this is a must have.  I guarantee that “Chain Saw Confidential” will be the best book you will ever read on the making of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

I got the opportunity to talk to Gunnar Hansen about “Chain Saw Confidential.”  It is an amazing interview, and is very interesting.  To listen to it, just click on the play button on the video player.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.
 


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