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Old 10-10-2003, 08:32 AM
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Is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre based on a real incident?


I thought I saw this question here posted long ago, but my searches have not been able to find it. With the new version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre coming to theaters, I have friends insisteing that it is based on a true story. Is it?
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Old 10-10-2003, 08:49 AM
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It's partially based on the true story of Ed Gein, the man who was also the inspiration behind Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. In short, Gein murdered a couple of women in a small Wisconsin town in the 1950s. A corpse was found sliced up the front like a deer in the barn, and a number of body parts were found in the house including bowls made out of skulls and chairs made from human skin. He liked to dress up in the skin of women (like Buffalo Bill) and was a real mama's boy (like Norman Bates).

Story of Ed Gein at Crimelibrary.com
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Old 10-10-2003, 08:56 AM
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All of this bizarre handicraft made Eddie into a celebrity. Author Robert Bloch was inspired to write a story about Norman Bates, a character based on Eddie, which became the central theme of the Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho.

In 1974, the classic thriller by Tobe Hooper, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has many Geinian touches, although there is no character that is an exact Eddie Gein model. This movie helped put "Ghastly Gein" back in the spotlight in the mid-1970's.

Years later, Eddie provided inspiration for the character of another serial killer, Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. Like Eddie, Buffalo Bill treasured women's skin and wore it like clothing in some insane transvestite ritual.
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Old 10-10-2003, 09:10 AM
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Ah, something to disturb my friends with! Thanks for the info!
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Old 10-10-2003, 10:07 AM
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What, no mention of Cecil's column on this very subject?
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Old 10-14-2003, 01:57 PM
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SOOOO.... to get this straight, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on true events that DID NOT happen in Texas, nor involved a chainsaw... and that's ONLY in the title of the movie.
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Old 10-14-2003, 02:19 PM
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What, no mention of Cecil's column on this very subject?
From the article:
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a box of noses
. . . made me snort.
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Old 10-14-2003, 03:57 PM
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While Ed Gein is generally cited as the inspiration for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre I think it likely also drew (arguably more significant) inspiration from the legend of the cannibal family of Sawney Bean:

http://www.exclassics.com/newgate/ng9.htm
http://barryoneoff.co.uk/html/sawney_bean.html

The Bean legend has been acknowledged as an influence on The Hills Have Eyes, made in 1977. I've never heard it specifically connected with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, though the parallels seem clear.
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"box of noses"

. . . made me snort.
You better snort...

while you still can!!!
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Old 10-15-2003, 02:04 AM
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Ed Gein was also inspiration for Slayer's "Dead Skin Mask"

It is a song not a movie, so, please, ignore this.


Move along....
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Old 10-15-2003, 03:20 AM
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I liked Cecil's comment:
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Gein was also the source for a character in The Silence of the Lambs and gave rise to some lesser known movies as well. I ask you, how many movies has Mother Teresa inspired?
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:25 AM
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What, no mention of Cecil's column on this very subject?
I knew there was one! But my searches for it failed. I thought the words "Texas" and "chainsaw" should have done the trick. Alas, my wife is right, I can't find the nose on my face.

Of course if it's in that box in Gein's attic I think I should get some slack.

Now I think the obvious next step is a musical based on these events. My working title is "Goodbye to my honker."
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:01 AM
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Gein!
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Old 10-15-2003, 12:22 PM
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http://www.texaschainsawmovie.com/

Spooky website, but it has info for those unfamiliar about what we are talking about.
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Old 10-15-2003, 01:37 PM
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I sort of figured Alliance Atlantis was leaning heavily on the "Based on actual events" angle in the same way The Blair Witch Project was "actual events".

y'know what I mean?
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Old 10-15-2003, 01:46 PM
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Gein!
Oh! Don't sneak up on me and do that—you scared the hell out of me!
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Old 10-15-2003, 04:22 PM
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No Pain, No Gein
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:14 PM
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No Pain, No Gein
Gein there, done that.
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:32 PM
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Hey if the pun worked once, no reason it won't work agein.
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Old 10-15-2003, 09:45 PM
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Anyone know the name of the song at the movie website?
http://www.texaschainsawmovie.com/
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:28 PM
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The original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" film was made in Texas.

And it had a chainsaw in it.



When I was in high school, the houses they filmed the movie in were still around, too. Had them pointed out to me as "the place where the Texas Chainsaw Massacre actually happened...."
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Old 10-15-2003, 11:19 PM
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Everytime Ed Gein gets mentioned I have to bring up The Ziggens' song about him:

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Eddy Gein, is on the scene
With his sausage makin' machine
Well he's lost his head but he's got a heart (and various other body parts)

...

Ah-ah-woooo chop-chop
Ah-ah-woooo chop-chop
Anyone else heard it?
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Old 10-16-2003, 08:44 AM
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Anyone know the name of the song at the movie website?
http://www.texaschainsawmovie.com/
"Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil.
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