From Associated Press
Gunnar Hansen, who played the iconic villain Leatherface in the original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Maine, his agent said. He was 68.
Hansen starred in the 1974 film that has become a classic among horror-movie aficionados and spawned a series of sequels. In the movie, friends visiting their grandfather’s house are hunted by Leatherface, a chain-saw wielding maniac.
Hansen’s character in the movie “is one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema,” said his agent, Mike Eisenstadt, who confirmed the death.
In 2013, Hansen published his book “Chain Saw Confidential,” which gave readers a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made, Eisenstadt said.
Hansen lived in Maine for about 40 years, where he worked as an actor and writer, Eisenstadt said.
At the time of his death, Hansen was at work on a film called “Death House,” his agent said. Hansen was a writer and producer of the film, which the Internet Movie Database says is about how a secret government facility becomes ground zero for the most horrific prison break in the history of mankind. The film is scheduled to come out next year, Eisenstadt said.
Hansen was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. He came to the U.S. and studied at the University of Texas, where he majored in English and Scandinavian Studies, Eisenstadt said.
Surviving Hansen is his partner of 13 years, Betty Tower.
Days Of The Dead is ready for Chicago, is Chicago ready for Days Of The Dead?
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Sarah Butler returns as Jennifer in the third I Spit On Your Grave Film
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Scarefest returns to Lexington Center Sept 11-13th.
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Horror Director Wes Craven, who brought us such iconic horror films as “The Hills Have Eyes”, “Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Scream” passed away Sunday Aug 30 from brain cancer.
Craven’s first film was “The Hills Have Eyes” starring another horror icon Michael Berryman. He also directed the movies “Last House On The Left”, “The Serpent & The Rainbow” and “The People Under The Stairs”.
The film industry and fans alike really took notice in 1984 when Wes Craven introduced us to Freddy Kruger, a character is said to be inspired by a man Craven saw walking down an alley at the side of his house as a kid one night. The man stopped and turned and looked at young Wes. He never forgot it.
Freddy returned for several sequels including a teaming with Jason in “Freddy Vs Jason”.
Wes also directed the “Scream” movies, who’s villain, “Ghostface” became a staple in the horror community.
Craven would often make cameo’s in his films, as in the first “Scream” where he appeared as Fred The Janitor, wearing a red and green Freddy Kruger sweater.
On August 30, 2015, Craven died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles, Ca. He was 76 years old.
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I spent a day at Wonderfest. The Sci-Fi And Horror Model Convention that is held in Louisville Ky each year. Great guests, good friend and of course some really cool model kits!!
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Ben & Stacey Dixon gave Nashville it’s 14th dose of horror last month with The Full Moon Tattoo And Horror Convention. It is always a great show.
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