August 23, 2014. Billerica MA. I had a little fun with the first photo. 😉
On August 21st, Cinema Salem hosted a special screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with actor Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the 1974 original classic, in attendance. The print was newly-restored 4K restoration print that will be used for the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition blu-ray due next month.
Hansen entertained the capacity house with a fun Q&A session that followed the screening, in which he shared stories of what happened to the house used in the film (it’s now a restaurant), how director Tobe Hooper came up with the idea to use a chainsaw as weapon of choice (he was stuck in line at a Montgomery Ward and wondered what could get him through the line quicker) as well as how Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, both big fans of the original, were fascinated by a particularly tricky tracking shot.
I was lucky enough to hang out with Mr. Hansen for about twenty minutes prior to the Q&A and we talked about a variety of film business-related stories. Mr. Hansen was great to talk to, extremely nice and funny and a great storyteller to boot. It was honor to meet him and talk to him.
This past weekend was the annual Boston Comic Con, which brought in approximately 40,000 people (probably more but that was the number I had heard) to the South Boston waterfront region to mingle with other fans of comics, sic-fi, fantasy, horror, you name it as well as meet some celebs and of course, purchase collectibles.
I tagged along with my great friend Oz to take pictures for him of those appearing in costume and I have to say that I had a lot of fun doing so. The people were really nice, the atmosphere was fun and the costumes? Well, check some of them out below!
Captain America: The Winter…Stormtroopers?
Game of Imperial Thrones?
Ted taking the day off from shooting “Ted 2” to attend the festivities.
The family that Fireflies together, stays together (for at least 13 hours)!