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Chris Blake Sasser joins filmmakers to appear in Edwin M Figueroa’s Choke

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Choke Writer/Director Edwin M Figueroa is sure to love this picture of Chris Blake Sasser on The Exorcist steps, because it’s his favorite movie and the inspiration for Choke.

 

When not battling the forces of darkness, Chris Blake Sasser finds himself engaged in all kinds of artistic pursuits including and not limited to drawing, writing, womanizing, and film making.

Sasser wrote, produced and edited and directed his first feature length motion picture as a senior in high school. That film, a micro-budgeted vampire epic entitled BLOODTHIRSTY was ahead of its time with its tongue-in-cheek, ironic humor.

Next, Sasser brought the shocking true biography of New Jersey’s most infamous resident, The Jersey Devil, to the screen with DEVILTRY (click here to see the trailer for DEVILTRY)

Currently, Mr. Sasser is at work on a collection of short fiction. He also hates hair on soap.

Choke Producer Terry R. Wickham is really happy his pal will be joining the real filmmakers appearing in the movie.  Wickham talks about his friend, “Chris and I go all the way back to I believe 1995, when Reggie (“Phantasm“) Bannister introduced us at the Chiller Convention that year.  Reggie knew we were both filmmakers who loved John Carpenter movies.

I remember one of the first things Chris did on that day was challenge me to ask actor James (Return of the Living Dead) Karen who actually directed Poltergeist.  Not one to turn down such a challenge, I had to ask him, which predictably caused him to nearly explode defending Tobe Hooper as the Director.  Chris got a good laugh out of that and we hit it off as friends ever since.

I gotta tell you Chris is a very talented screenwriter.  We always share each other’s scripts to get feedback from one another.  He is exceptionally good at making things humorous and he wrote this one little ghost story involving kids in a haunted house that is just brilliant.  I hope he makes that film one day because I’m dying to see it as a movie.”

Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious

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Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie

By Gunnar Hansen 

Chronicle Books – 2013
ISBN: 9781452114491$24.95, 240 pages

The true story of how The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was made is told by the six-foot four poet, who played “Leatherface”, Gunnar Hansen.

Hansen has the distinct position of not only being behind the mask of one of the most feared horror icons in history, but he’s gathered information from conversations he’s had over the years with cast and crew.  This is a man who knows intimate knowledge about what actually transpired and how the movie was put together from the get go. 

Over the course of this book, Hansen disproves falseness about the production and uncovers new information I had not heard or seen anywhere previously.

The fact is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (TCM) was a trailblazing classic that changed the face of horror forever.  The genre had already been shifting from monsters and vampires to more realistic human terror.  Chain Saw drove its relentless teeth into the public without remorse.

I remember the first time I saw TCM; it was in the early 80s on VHS with my girlfriend at the time.  It made us both uncomfortable.  I didn’t feel closure because the film leaves you beat down without resolution.  I felt dirty, which is a tribute to the late Robert Burn’s inventive production design and Daniel Pearl’s 16mm grainy photography of the heat soaked Texas landscape.  But the performances from the actors, many who were young and inexperienced and Tobe Hooper’s direction made it all seem so real.  I give everyone involved considerable credit for pulling off the quality on screen and their endurance of surviving the arduous shoot.

Chain Saw Confidential reads quicker than Marilyn Burns running from the cannibalistic family chasing her in the movie.  My only complaint is that I wish it was longer, but Hansen does tell the story in its entirety.

One of the things most fascinating about Gunnar Hansen’s keen observation about the movie is how he approaches it from middle ground.  He takes a stance trying to look at the movie without prejudice and by including negative reviews and comments to balance both sides of the critical weight scale.

I also think Hansen’s unromantic view about the production and his character in particular, weeds out the fluff usually associated and gives him more clout.

You should go out of your way to get a copy of Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie, so you can discover how this landmark film was constructed and the truth behind it.

www.chroniclebooks.com

Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie

 

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Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie

By Gunnar Hansen 

Chronicle Books – 2013
ISBN: 9781452114491$24.95, 240 pages

 

 

The true story of how The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was made is told by the six-foot four poet, who played “Leatherface”, Gunnar Hansen.

Hansen has the distinct position of not only being behind the mask of one of the most feared horror icons in history, but he’s gathered information from conversations he’s had over the years with cast and crew.  This is a man who knows intimate knowledge about what actually transpired and how the movie was put together from the get go. 

Over the course of this book, Hansen disproves falseness about the production and uncovers new information I had not heard or seen anywhere previously.

The fact is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (TCM) was a trailblazing classic that changed the face of horror forever.  The genre had already been shifting from monsters and vampires to more realistic human terror.  Chain Saw drove its relentless teeth into the public without remorse.

I remember the first time I saw TCM; it was in the early 80s on VHS with my girlfriend at the time.  It made us both uncomfortable.  I didn’t feel closure because the film leaves you beat down without resolution.  I felt dirty, which is a tribute to the late Robert Burn’s inventive production design and Daniel Pearl’s 16mm grainy photography of the heat soaked Texas landscape.  But the performances from the actors, many who were young and inexperienced and Tobe Hooper’s direction made it all seem so real.  I give everyone involved considerable credit for pulling off the quality on screen and their endurance of surviving the arduous shoot.

Chain Saw Confidential reads quicker than Marilyn Burns running from the cannibalistic family chasing her in the movie.  My only complaint is that I wish it was longer, but Hansen does tell the story in its entirety.

One of the things most fascinating about Gunnar Hansen’s keen observation about the movie is how he approaches it from middle ground.  He takes a stance trying to look at the movie without prejudice and by including negative reviews and comments to balance both sides of the critical weight scale.

I also think Hansen’s unromantic view about the production and his character in particular, weeds out the fluff usually associated and gives him more clout.

You should go out of your way to get a copy of Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie, so you can discover how this landmark film was constructed and the truth behind it.

www.chroniclebooks.com