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4.0 out of 5 stars A cut above the rest, 15 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion (Paperback)
Stefan Jaworzyn's in-depth book gives you everything you could want to know about the TCSM films and more. Constructed largely around extensive interviews from pretty much everyone involved in the films, from Leatherface himself (or himselves) to screenplay writer and director Kim Henkel, this should satisfy the most inquisitive of horror and movie fans.
Jaworzyn, author of the queasily compelling Shock Xpress publications, also gives a brief overview of Tobe Hooper's career, as well as examining his early film-making days, and takes in the grisly legend and legacy of real-life inspiration Ed Gein.
The book doesn't hold back on the complexities of the movie-making industry, studio interference, the (lack) of budget involved or the sheer discomfort of film-making. One thing's for sure, most of the cast and crew seemed to suffer for their art... one way or another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saw very good!, 12 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion (Paperback)
Stefan Jaworzyn's 2003 guide to all things 'Chain Saw' is a wonderful and highly entertaining companion to one of the most enduring and influential series of horror films. Actually, it begins before with 'Chain Saw' director Tobe Hooper's first feature film 'Eggshells', about which less was known at the time of publication than now, so it was all new and fascinating stuff back in 2003 - and still is today. For the most part, the book takes the form of an oral biography with the creative talents giving fascinating and enlightening insights into their experiences on the film. The text is also augmented throughout by some well-chosen and often rare photographs and the author's applied knowledge and insights. The book also features information on director Tobe Hooper's career, associated films and documentaries and a chapter on the life of Ed Gein, the Wisconsin serial killer whose slayings influenced the original film. A highly recommended and essential book for horror fans and one which is 'saw very good' that your film reference bookshelf is incomplete without it.
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