Texas Chainsaw's mystery man - John Duggan who played Grandpa
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait
When the Blu-Ray edition of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was announced, I assumed the "Seriously Ultimate Edition" as its known in the UK and Ireland, would finally gather up this 1988 documentary on the film. But it wasn't to be. Instead it exists as a stand-alone DVD (with the added sub-title Revisited). After the Shocking Truth and the Flesh Wounds documentaries, there's almost nothing left to say about Chainsaw, and while the Family Portrait film shares many of the same stories from the original laserdisc commentary and the documentaries found on the Blu-Ray, it remains an enjoyable, if lo-fi work, gathering together the 4 actors who played the cannibal family. In its favour it remains the only documentary on the film to include John Duggan (who plays Grandpa) and he gets to tell the best anecdote about Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel trying to come up with a scene to get Marylin Burns' clothes off, but Hopper ultimately nixed the idea hoping the film would get picked up for television...