5. Having such a small budget forced Hooper to film for up to 18 hours a day. Add to that a south Texas location in the middle of the summer with temperatures frequently hitting triple digits, and the filmmakers found themselves with less than ideal conditions to keep a cast happy, or sane for that matter. All of which might explain why Hansen purposely cut cast mate Marilyn Burns (Sally Hardesty) while filming the scene where Leatherface feeds Grandpa. Since it obviously doesn’t explain such a violent action nearly enough, we’ll let Hansen try to sell the tale himself: “The tube on the backside of the knife blade that was supposed to deposit fake blood on Marilyn's finger knife kept clogging. After a few takes I got tired of it and stripped off the tape that covered the blade. You gotta understand, I was tired, it had been a long day, and I just wanted it over with! Marilyn screamed, and it looked very good, so we moved on to the next shot.” You can see the scene, along with Hansen’s DVD commentary in the YouTube clip above.
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