Chain Saw Confidential

Chainsaw confidential cover

United States
Publish Date
2013, Chronicle Books
Media Type
Print, e-book & audiobook
Number of Pages

Chain Saw Confidential is a 2013 non-fiction book by actor Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for portraying Leatherface in the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The book was first released on September 24, 2013 through Chronicle Books and covers the making of the iconic slasher film

Plot SynopsisEdit

Chain Saw Confidential covers the making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, as well as its release, reception, and marketing. It goes into depth into the film as well as into Hansen's life. The material in the book is taken from several interviews from many of the cast and crew members. The final third of the book looks into the fan reception for the movie and its legacy on the film world.


Hansen began work on Chain Saw Confidential after he was approached by various publishers interested in him writing an autobiography. He disliked the idea of someone writing the book about him and expressed that he would rather write about the making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Another impetus for the book's creation was that several of the cast and crew members had died, making it impossible to gain their perspectives on the film.[2] While gathering material for the book, Hansen tried to interview as many people as possible to get their perspectives. As a result Hansen received about "100,000 words of transcribed interviews, just for the parts I knew were going to serve the book". Hansen also drew from an earlier autobiography he had written about twenty years prior for his own personal use.

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