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A family dinner from a horror classic:
Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played Leatherface, said about filming this scene:
In one of the film’s final—and most memorable—scenes, Sally (Marilyn Burns) is tied to a chair at Leatherface’s dinner table while the family of cannibals taunt and mock her for well over five minutes of screen time. In real life, those five minutes took approximately 26 hours to shoot, according to Hansen. “The whole dinner scene is burned in my memory, I think just because of the misery of it,” he says. “At that point we were really just on the verge of mental collapse. And Marilyn told me about how awful it was for her, because she was terrified… Just being tied to a chair and then having these men looming over her constantly, she said it was really unnerving. I think that whole scene was certainly the most intense part of the movie and I think all of us were slightly insane by then.”
The many faces of Leatherface. I prefer the more aggressive Leatherface over the submissive versions.
Leatherface is my favourite horror movie villain. He’s a mad, merciless, messy killer.
Did you know that the real-life killer who inspired The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface, Ed Gein, also inspired two other famous horror movie villains? According to chasingthefrog.com, his crimes also inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho’s Norman Bates and The Silence of the Lamb’s Buffalo Bill.
Hooper, Tobe. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bryanston Pictures, 1974.