The original 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre seized the imaginations of audiences and critics, going from controversial cult sensation to being ranked by Total Film as the greatest horror movie ever made. It's been shown at Cannes, briefly banned in England, and included in the permanent collection of New York's MoMA. This fascinating literary memoir of the making of the film comes from the unique perspective of Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played the chain saw-wielding Leatherface. A critically acclaimed poet and author, Hansen tells the real story of the film, debunking myths, giving behind-the-scenes details, and offering insights on the film's reception and our enduring fascination with the horror genre today.
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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""
A Haunting and Intriguing Look Into Making TTCSM
Having the author read the book is always a plus for me. The author can properly add the correct inflection and make the story more intriguing. If the audiobook was narrated by someone else, I would have said no.
I haven't read many books like Chain Saw Confidential before. It definitely stands alone as one of the best books I have ever heard/read about the making of a motion picture.
Gunnar Hansen, of course.
This book definitely shows you the absolute hell these people went through to make this film. There were many parts where I just pitied those poor people. But hey, they made a damn good movie.
- Stacey K.