Courtesy of Business Insider
Every state has that one movie about it that is engrained in everyone’s collective memory. Okay, most states have that one movie. Personally, I feel like the crew over at Business Insider was stretching a bit when listing Jumanji as New Hampshire’s iconic movie, but for the most part every other state-movie pairing is spot-on. Alabama has Forrest Gump, New York’s got Taxi Driver, Arizona has Raising Arizona, and Hawaii has Pearl Harbor.
Here in Texas, we have The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the 1974 slasher film featuring the unhinged Leatherface (played by Gunnar Hansen) and his nontraditional family of cannibals, has undergone several sequels and remakes since its premiere, but none of them can hold a candle to the original. Horrified movie-watchers are still questioning director Tobe Hooper’s “based on a true story” claim. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, guys, but Leatherface isn’t real. Ed Gein, on the other hand, was totally real and was the inspiration for the character. Gein, who skinned people and decorated his home and face with said skin, was the inspiration for Psycho’s Norman Bates and The Silence of the Lambs’s Buffalo Bill also, making Leatherface’s character seem kind of bland and overplayed. Right?
No, not right. Leatherface’s mumbling, lumbering, and chainsaw dancing are all original and terrifying. Here are a few facts you may not know about him or about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in general:
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