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on 25 November 2013
Not bad. Quite a few typos i noticed. Doesn't anybody bother proof reading stuff anymore? The part about filming TCM was interesting. I thought i knew pretty much all there was to learn about the film, but this book had a few facts new to me. Then i got the sense of Gunnar struggling to fill the remainder of the book up with stuff.... The part about the comic book code of the 1960s was particularly tenuous! It appears to have been written a while ago as there is no mention of the intenet anywhere, which i thought would have been relevant when discussing things deemed as a threat to the innocence of children. It also states (and prints) supposedly the only on set photo of Gunnar without the mask. This isn't true. There is definately another, which i have a copy of.
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on 4 June 2014
Gunnar Hansen is the author of this book who also played leatherface in the 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
If you are a big Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan like myself you should definitely purchase this book. There is a lot revealing things that Gunnar Hansen talks about in the book that even I didn't know about. The Information in the book will make you respect the movie more and how the movie was made. Basically I will not spoil anything here, but what they got up to in the making of the movie was daring.
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on 23 May 2014
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 and having read a book about him years ago. FYI- Ed also made leggings and a ‘mammary vest’ from real humans. He killed two women and robbed graves to get other body parts. It would have been real cool for Leatherface to have worn a vest like that.

Gunnar said that during filming of the final scene when Sally (Marilyn Burns) gets away, he was stepping up into the back of the truck, his foot got caught and the truck driver pulled off, dragging Gunnar. That was a true accident so they refilmed it but I think they should have left that in. Maybe have Sally try to untangle his foot or something. But this was low budget and there wasn’t time or money for that. Gunnar mistakenly said that Ed robbed his own mother’s grave (page 92) and put the bones back in her bed. Wrong. He did no such thing. He loved his mother and closed her room off. It was the only clean place in the house.

Some interesting tidbits are: that the opening scene was to be of a dead dog’s eye, which they filmed, but they decided against using a domesticated animal. They decided against using a dead horse too. Most of the bones in the film were found in pastures. Some of the dialogue was improvised. Paul, the awful actor who played wheelchair-bound Franklin (I can’t stand his character!), wasn’t as horrible in real life as he’d lead everyone to believe. During the course of filming none of the actors were allowed to wash their clothes, ever, for fear of colors fading or something else happening to them at the cleaners, since no one had a duplicate set.

Though the book is fairly short I got a bit bored with the day to day goings on at the shoot. There are 16 pages of black and white photos from the set in the book, which is nice.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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on 5 November 2014
On my sons xmas list he will be well pleased that I have managed to find this book for him
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on 27 October 2015
A great read and interesting to hear the gossip from the making of this classic film.
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on 20 June 2016
Excellent book, can't put it down !!! :D
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on 15 October 2015
Excellent - quality condition
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