All the big names in Horror Cinema can thank an ultra-low-budget film made in 1973 that has a connection to our very own Land of Enchantment.
At 26-years old Gunnar Hansen stepped into cinematic history, walking into this project he had no idea it would later become one of the most notorious films ever made. Premiering back in 1974 “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre shocked the work with its brutality on screen, Hansen took on the role of the chainsaw-wielding madman known as Leatherface as a summer job.
Hansen aspired to a literary career but went on an expected journey during his career path. He was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, and was 5 years old when he and his family moved to the United States. During his time in graduate school, he was studying English and Scandinavian, where he landed the hulking role of Leatherface, as he says in his memoir “Chain Saw Confidential”, due in large part to his 6’4″ stature.
After his success from Leatherface, he became much more, a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and published author. Hansen passed away in 2015, two years after “Chain Saw Confidential” was published, and is currently in the conversations of going on the big screen in the next couple of years.
Super-fans of Leatherface can get Hansen’s book, for more information click here.