Any horror fan worth their salt is familiar with “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Moreso, the terrifying figure of Leatherface. But as it turns out, the man behind the mask of the 1974 film, Gunnar Hansen, was far more than simply a 6’4″ horror actor. A brand new documentary, “Dinner With Leatherface” from director Michael Kallio, is a loving memoriam of the late actor’s life and legacy out of the make-up.
Hansen wasn’t just a one-trick pony. Known as a gentle giant to friends, he was a poet, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. He led a rich life outside of the world of horror, but loved and cherished every fan of his work. He attended cons and spoke at horror festivals, keeping close connections with the horror movie community. During his lifetime, he became incredibly close with Kallio, which is why the director wants to share his love for this gentleman.
“I want to show the person Gunnar really was…He was an incredibly intelligent, witty man of so many talents,” Kallio said. “And he was a complete gentleman who embraced all the love he received from his adoring fans. He meant so much to so many people. This film is really a tribute to him… a great friend that I miss every single day.”
The documentary will include interviews with horror icons, friends, and colleagues of Hansen, including Bruce Campbell, Brian O’Halloran, Kane Hodder, and more. There will also be in-depth interviews with stars of the original “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” like cinematographer Daniel Pearl and screenwriter Kim Henkel.
“Dinner With Leatherface” will release alongside the 50th anniversary theatrical release of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” later this year.