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.”
From 11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
HAPPY HALLOWE’EN, EVERYONE! Tonight’s the night to summon our ancestors and cuddle with loved ones before slasher flicks. Here’s a video about my favourite horror movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Keep it spooky!
The many faces of Leatherface. I prefer the more aggressive Leatherface over the submissive versions.
Kim Henkel’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
One of my all-time favourite horror movies is Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. I picked it up off the shelf because it starred Matthew McConaughey. I was not expecting it to be very good, but its simple storyline of lost teens in the woods combined with McConaughey’s insane character and gratuitous gore satisfied what I love in a horror movie. My favourite scene is when McConnaughey’s character sets another character on fire — it is the most insane moment! Love it!
This installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise was the first I saw — and it sold me on consuming every other movie in the series. In general, most of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels are pretty terrible. I have one other favourite in the series, but I will save that for another blog post. Nothing compares to the original.
Henkel, Kim. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Columbia Pictures/New Line Cinema, 1994.
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.
Ed Gein (middle) (late 1950s)
Hooper, Tobe. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bryanston Pictures, 1974.