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Some very sad news: the man behind Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has died.

Gunnar Hansen, who originated the Leatherface role in the horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Maine. The Icelandic-born actor was 68.

The news was announced by Hansen's agent, Mike Eisenstadt, who called Leatherface "one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema."

The 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper. To horror fans, Leatherface was the cannibalistic hero, protecting family from a group of trespassing teenagers with nothing but a chainsaw.

Hanson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. He moved to Maine with his family at the age of five. He worked as a computer operator after finishing school and began theatre work during college. Hanson studied English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Texas.
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Chainsaw Sally Director Jimmyo Burril Remembers Gunnar Hansen

Indie filmmaker and Chainsaw Sally director Jimmyo Burril says farewell to Gunnar Hansen. Gunnar popped into my life in 1979 when I snuck into see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at a midnight movie. The film changed my life, in the way I saw entertainment. Later as video made it easy to own your own copy of…

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Gunnar Hansen, Who Played Leatherface in ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ Dies at 68

Gunnar Hansen, Who Played Leatherface in ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ Dies at 68
Gunnar Hansen, who played the horrific killer Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s seminal horror film “Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” died Saturday in Maine. He was 68 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

His iconic scene in the 1974 film was the chainsaw dance, where he maniacally twirled a chainsaw after the final victim escapes. Hansen’s character in the movie “is one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema,” his agent Mike Eisenstadt told the Associated Press.

In 2013, he published a book “Chain Saw Confidential” about the making of the film.

Though he didn’t appear in “Texas Chain Saw” sequels, he went on to appear in other horror pics including “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers,” “The Demon Lover,” “Freakshow” and “Chainsaw Sally.” He was a regular at horror conventions.

Hansen was currently working on a film called “Death House,” which he wrote and produced, about a secret government
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Chainsaw Sally Getting Distro; Animated Series Moving into Pre-Production

Chainsaw Sally is one of my personal favorite horror characters. She’s sexy, she’s hilarious, and she’s brutal as hell. And now, Chainsaw Sally is getting distribution for her feature film and a green light on pre-production for her animated series.… Continue Reading →

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Tripl Threat: Chainsaw Sally (Movie) and The Good Sisters & Animated Series

Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films have partnered with Some Folks Entertainment to secure a distribution deal with Black Wolf Media for a double-feature release of the films Chainsaw Sally- The Movie and The Good Sisters. Both films were written and directed by cult horror icon Jimmyo Burril.

Chainsaw Sally- The Movie stars April Burril as Sally and was originally released in 2004. Traumatized after witnessing the murder of her parents as a young girl, … Continue reading →

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Indie Spotlight: Tales of Halloween, Psychophonia

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster from Psychophonia, casting and production details from Tales of Halloween, a trailer for The Sugar Skull Girls, and more:

Psychophonia First Details and Poster: “Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Lony Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the new film will be helmed by Brianne Davis, who earlier this year directed The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story.

Psychophonia stars Vedette Lim (Chicago Fire, True Blood) in the lead role of Lilly Tarver. Rounding out the cast; Andrew W. Walker (The Torturer, 2 Bedroom One Bath), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine 1 & 2, The Soul Man) Adam Rose (Up In The Air, The Bounty Hunter), Daniel Quinn (Fetish Factory, Wrong Cops
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Top 9 Chilling Chainsaw Kills

Motel Hell is available now on Blu-ray. That information alone should be enough to send horror fans shrieking into the streets to party until the wee hours of the morning. And we here all want to get into the festivities as well.

To celebrate the release of Motel Hell on Blu-ray, we've compiled our Top 9 Chilling Chainsaw Kills. Of course this is in reference to the iconic chainsaw scene in the climax of the film. There was something simply unforgettable about Rory Calhoun wielding a ridiculously long chainsaw while wearing a pig head like a Halloween mask. Classic!

But before we get to our top horrific movie chainsaw kills, we have some honorable mentions to share with you. We've got to go way back to find some of the earliest on-screen chainsaw kills. We came up with Dark of the Sun (1968) and The Wizard of Gore (1970) for two of the first buzzsaw butcherings.
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes photos from Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series, the first two chapters from the novel Survivor Max, the uncensored trailer for Smothered with Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder, Camp Dread DVD release details, and much more:

First Two Chapters of Survivor Max: “Meet Max, an 11-year old boy who was stuck in another boring day at school when the lock down alarm went off. They were under quarantine. He escaped and made it home, only to discover he’d have to find a way to survive this plague alone. Little did he know his father, his only parent, was among the infected. Slow-moving and non-thinking, the “lamebrains” swarmed his apartment complex, hunting survivors to feed their insatiable hunger for living flesh. Now he must apply his Porcupine
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on the Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival, House of Monsters concept art, a Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series casting update, multiple trailers, reviews, and much more:

Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Details: “You can’t keep a lethal lady down. Flicks for Fans and Arrow in the Head, the team behind last year’s Evil Dead Fest, are proud to present the resurrection of the all new Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the famed art deco-themed 1940’s built Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA. This will be an amazing event for all film fans and those with an appreciation for strong roles by women in horror. As always Flicks for Fans will have much for fans who attend the fest including great concession specials,
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Attention Chainsaw Sally Fans - The Buzz Is Back in Bloody Animated Brilliance

She's beautiful, buxom, and brutal as hell; and now she's a cartoon! The cutest chainsaw-wielding maniac to come down the pike will soon be venturing into the animated world as "Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series" is being developed.

Chainsaw Sally creators JimmyO and April Burril will be directly involved with the project, which is a spinoff from their popular web series The Chainsaw Sally Show. Dig some of the early artwork we were able to wrangle for your eager eyes below.

For more check out the early version of the official website for "Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series", "like" "The Chainsaw Sally Show" on Facebook and follow Chainsaw Sally herself, April Burril, on Twitter (@Chainsaw_Sally).

From the Press Release

Horror’s anti-heroine, Chainsaw Sally, will be at the center of a brand new animated television series. "As lifelong 'Looney Tunes,' 'Jonny Quest' and 'Ren & Stimpy' fans,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series, release information for Toxin, Patrick: Evil Awakens, and Rabid Love, a trailer for One Please, and much more:

Chainsaw Sally Animated Series: “Horror’s anti-heroine, Chainsaw Sally, to be the center of a brand new animated television series. The series will be a spinoff of The Chainsaw Sally Show starring April Monique Burril and created by JimmyO Burril. The Burrils are directly involved with the show.

Chainsaw Sally is lovable and brutal; the epitome of what a vigilante should be in the horror realm. Bloody Bombshell Entertainment and Fatality Films are elated to make this dream a reality in the coming months. Horror fans watch out – we’re determined to change the way you think about horror programming.
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A Look Inside the Mind of Bill Oberst, Jr.

Horror fans don't grant new performers legendary status on a regular basis. We cling to our heroes like treasures and limit inclusion into the upper echelon of the genre to a very select few. But people do manage to break through and win our undying respect and admiration, and Bill Oberst, Jr., is doing just that right now.

After appearing in the Academy Award-winning short film Take This Lollipop (if, for some ungodly reason, you haven't seen it yet, absolutely check it out Asap!), Oberst's popularity exploded; and he now has over 100 films to his credit, most within the past five years. This whirlwind of energy and excitement sat down with Dread Central recently to discuss his career, his fears and his upcoming films.

"I did theater for 14 years on the East Coast, and theater was all I ever wanted to do," Oberst Jr. said. "I was a big horror fan privately,
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Haunting Sneek Peek for The Hospital

An official trailer for Deviant Pictures’ highly anticipated horror film The Hospital, featuring John Dugan (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Jim O’Rear (The Dead Matter), Daniel Emery Taylor (Return Of The Swamp Thing), Scott Tepperman (Ghost Hunters International), April Burril (Chainsaw Sally), and Jason Crowe (Dead Moon Rising), has been unleashed online.

Filmed in actual haunted locations, The Hospital mixes themes from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel, Saw, and Paranormal Activity to bring to the screen … Continue reading →
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Check In to Some New Artwork for The Hospital

Many people, myself included, hate hospitals. They're generally scary places where people die any second of the day. Then there's that smell. The emergency room chaos. Oh, and the vengeful spirits that prowl the halls don't help much either!

Below you'll find the latest artwork for The Hospital written by Jim O'Rear and Daniel Emery Taylor. Taylor also co-directs the film with Tommy Golden. Check out the official The Hospital Facebook page for more.

John Dugan (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and April Burril (Chainsaw Sally) star.

Synopsis

Old St. Leopold’s Hospital has many urban legends surrounding it, but the residents of Bridgeport all agree on one thing: tortured souls roam its abandoned halls. The mystery proves too much for a pretty young student who decides to investigate for her senior class project. Unfortunately, she does not find ghosts. She, instead, finds Stanley… serial rapist, murderer, and psychopath. As the
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First Official Artwork for 'The Hospital' Releases

By David Harkness, MoreHorror.com

Killer new poster art (sneak peek) for the upcoming haunted film The Hospital has just been sent over to us. We can't wait to see more!

From The Press Release:

Producers with Deviant Pictures (Jim O'Rear, Daniel Emery Taylor, and Tommy Golden) released this sneak peek of the poster artwork for their highly anticipated new film, The Hospital today. The poster was created by renowned horror artist Billy Tackett and provides a glimpse of the madness yet to come.

The Hospital, featuring John Dugan (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Jim O’Rear (The Dead Matter), Daniel Emery Taylor (Return Of The Swamp Thing), Scott Tepperman (Ghost Hunters International), April Burril (Chainsaw Sally), and Jason Crowe (Dead Moon Rising) was filmed in actual, undisclosed haunted locations and mixes themes from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel, Saw, and Paranormal Activity to bring to the screen what Tony Todd (Candyman) says is,
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Doctor Gash to Host Chainsaw Sally Season 2, Part 2 on Constellation.tv this Friday

Dread Central's own Doctor Gash (me!) returns to the Constellation.tv screening room this Friday to bring you the conclusion of The Chainsaw Sally Show, Season 2. The show's stars, JimmyO and April Burril, will be on hand and featured live during the Q&A after the film.

Be sure to stop by on Friday at 10pmET (7pmPT) and check out Gash, JimmyO and April hosting this one-time online event at Constellation.tv

Synopsis

Welcome back to Porterville…where people live. Well, not for long if Sally (April Burril) has anything to do with it. Librarian by day, homicidal killer by night, Chainsaw Sally faces a new nemesis, Angel Eyes (JimmyO Burril) who has come to town to take credit for all of Sally's good work. Joined by her friend Blondie (Debbie Rochon), a psychic prostitute; Sally's demented brother Ruby (Azman Toy) and her pet Busy Bee (Nicolette LeFaye), Sally battles
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Dread Central's Online Film Screening Series on Constellation.tv - The Chainsaw Sally Show Season 2, Part 1, With JimmyO and April Burril Tonight!

Doctor Gash returns tonight, 7/20, with the Dread Central Online Film Series at Constellation.tv. Watch the first half of The Chainsaw Sally Show, Season 2.

The fun begins at 9:45 pm Et/6:45 pm Pt. Mark your calendars because we'll have the Season 2 conclusion coming on August 10th.

Joining Gash in the online theater will be Chainsaw Sally writer, director and star, JimmyO Burril, as well as his wife, co-star and co-creator, April Monique Burril…better known as the bloodthirsty Chainsaw Sally herself! For those of you who have already seen Css Season 2, JimmyO has tweaked the episodes for an entirely new viewing experience. You've got to check this out!

In addition to a new look at the show, for the first time ever Gash will turn the webcam over to the guests as JimmyO and April will spend some time answering audience questions live from their bedroom! However, don't expect
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Dread Central's Online Film Screening Series on Constellation.tv Presents The Chainsaw Sally Show Season 2, Part 1, With JimmyO and April Burril

Doctor Gash returns this Friday, July 20th, to host the next installment of the Dread Central Online Film Screening Series on Constellation.tv.

This show will be the first half of The Chainsaw Sally Show, Season 2, which will be shown in its entirety between this screening and the next one on August 10th.

Joining Gash in the online theater will be Chainsaw Sally writer, director and star, JimmyO Burril, as well as his wife, co-star and co-creator, April Burril…better known as the bloodthirsty Chainsaw Sally herself! For those of you who have already seen Css Season 2, JimmyO has tweaked the episodes for an entirely new viewing experience. You've got to check this out!

In addition to Gash and the Burrils, you never know who might show up for a Dread Central Online Screening. Stop by and see what's shaking! Check out the Facebook event page for the Chainsaw Sally Online Screening,
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Extreme Body Modification Takes Center Stage in Soska Sisters' Follow-Up American Mary

After months of speculating, head-scratching, hand-wringing and a teaser trailer that evoked more questions than it answered, the secret is finally out. Just what is the Soska sisters' new film American Mary all about?

The answer: underground, extreme body modification.

Dread Central was recently lucky enough to sit down with the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska, and discuss American Mary. To describe the experience, interviewing the Soskas is like trying to hug a beehive…incredibly intense energy, tireless activity and the sense that even though you're dealing with multiple entities, there's an overall feeling of single-mindedness and unity. The Soskas are an incredible breath of fresh air, and after the success of their unique first film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, the ladies are looking to solidify their place in the horror community. Judging by early response, American Mary is just the film to do it for them.

"American Mary
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Robert Kurtzman Enters The Dungeon of Deadly Delights

Hey there, Fiends! The sinister summer is upon us, and another excellent Dungeon show is in the can! Just wanted fans of the show to know a few things. The first involves the name of the show. When I began this venture, I placed my name on the show to get our names out there.

The truth is, though, everything we do belongs to All Of You. So, from this day forward, my name will be stripped from every title. We will be The Dungeon of Deadly Delights. It's your Dungeon. We do this for the fans. Second, I am in talks to make The Dungeon a television show! More on that when it becomes available.

So last week on the radio show, we spoke to my friend and show sponsor F/X legend Robert Kurtzman. Bob spoke about some history on certain films like Night of the Creeps and Phantasm 2.
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