This article I’ve linked to is a nice tribute to the towering Horror icon, the star, more than any of the other players, of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Several actors have portrayed a character named “Leatherface,” but Gunnar Hansen was the original and, as far as I’m concerned, the ONLY genuine article. Hansen, in real life, couldn’t have resembled less the role for which he will be forever remembered. He was, by all accounts, a gentle, kindhearted giant. I have personally never heard, or read, anyone speaking ill of him. Godspeed, good sir.
Like the guy in the other article, I reckon this is as good a time as any to share MY experience with TCM. It was the mid 80s, and there was this wonderful new invention called a VCR. My little brother and I shared a bedroom, with a small TV in it, and we’d rent movies from the local video store, one of the multitudes popping up in every small town back in those days, and watch them in the dark, mostly free of parental oversight. One weekend we rented TCM. I had seen numerous Horror movies, slasher films, and loved them all. HALLOWEEN, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, all the FRIDAY THE 13THs. None of them ever scared me. But TCM did. It was and remains the only Horror flick to ever give me nightmares. I loved it.