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Third Chapter of the BOB BURNS Documentary hits! The Exorcist, War of the Worlds and THE TIME MACHINE!!!

Hey folks, Harry here - I've still never met Bob Burns. It is, thus far, the big missing point of my geek life. Like many of you, I've known Bob's name pretty much my entire life... although it didn't always refer to this Bob Burns. You see, Austin had its own Bob Burns. And he was a wild, crazy make-up effects man. I never attended one of Los Angeles' Bob Burns shows - but on my 3rd Birthday party, the Austin BOB BURNS came to my birthday party from the wrapping of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Leatherface came charging into my living room in full costume, chainsaw blaring - the kids & THE GROWN UPS went scattering... I was given a prop hand from the set of the film - and the grown-ups all continued to party - and Bob gave me a toy pull-string Chainsaw.... that I still have today. The point of this story is to just communicate just how awesome the technicians and folks that make movies can be. That's the point of these documentaries... This latest one can actually make you tear up, especially during the George Pal revisiting his Time Machine on Bob's set. It's amazing to me how props find their way into Collector's Hands. And that Bob would throw shows around his props for people. It's so inspiring. I mean... I have the Armchair from the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, one of the Leatherface masks from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE II, the chainsaw from the sequel to the remake of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and I know where all the Bone furniture from the original film is... It sort of has me thinking about how awesome it would be to throw a full on TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE Halloween show... shit, I could play the guy in the wheelchair... and I could probably talk Ed Neal into reprising his role as the Hitchhiker for a night. (Well... maybe I could, might have to trade him a primo poster or something.) Hmmmm... perhaps for next year! Anyway, the latest BOB BURNS doc is up over at: Bob Burns Hollywood Halloween!!! Check it out, the story continues!!!

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  • Oct. 19, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by ganymede3010

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Loving the Bob Burns stuff

    by MacReady452

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by ganymede3010

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Your 3rd Fuckin B day party?

    by MacReady452

    I'm surprised your not scarred for life. That is an awesome story though. I guess it did scar, in the good way.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    sorry i ruined you # wank

    by MacReady452

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Someone really loves TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST



    heh. Well, when the wrap party for the original film was your 3rd Birthday party, that Leatherface crashed... and cut your birthday cake. AND then the movie becomes international legend, but was shot in your city - and for the longest time, I thought it was the only movie ever shot in Austin. Yeah. I loves me the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    So I woke up this morning...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    And I scraped the cheese from my belly-flap. Then I did my usual fall down the stairs. Then I remembered a childhood memory about how awesome I am.</p><p>Did I ever tell you that I own the severed penis from the Jeffrey Dahmer biopick? Yeah, it's pretty sweet. I actually own Jeffrey Dahmer too. I had a deal with the prison warden. Yep, there's old Jeff, sitting next to me and staring at the computer screen with dissaproval. He doesn't want his wherabouts known.</p><p>Today I dressed Jeff up in some overalls and fed him the severed penis a few times. Luckily there is a hole rotted right through his stomach so I can retrieve the penis. It has other uses, but Jeff says I shouldn't talk about that.</p><p>Anywho, I also have my face in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Yep, that's me staring back at you, heh heh. That's because I'm the geek King, and also because I have Jeffrey Dahmer's corpse.</p><p>Where was I? Oh yeah so then I decided to take a crap about 10 AM and i couldn't help but drift off to my youth where i used to attend Star Trek conventions and could only dream of playing dress-up with a serial killer's corpse one day.</p><p>So that brings me to this very important news about macaroni & cheese. When I was a boy at star Trek conventions I used to eat bowl fulls of macaroni and cheese. It was like mother's milk to me. I'm married now of course, but I still like Star Trek. I also have an HD DVD player which was NOT given to me for free by Toshiba in exchange for pimping it on the site.</p><p>So back to Jeffrey Dahmer. He says hi. I used to know this guy once who did special effects and I couldn't help but remember my youthful days at Star Trek conventions where I really learned about special effects and macaroni & cheese. Honestly I don't know which thing I like more.</p><p>But one time Chekov wasn't looking and I took a swig of his coffee, heh heh. It was a lot like cunnilingus. Chekov likes a strong brew and it was like when you're playing with the clit and the mug is like "no you don't" and I'm like "oh yes I do" and there's this weird sexual tension before I splooge in my pants.</p><p>But today's news is about something completely different. It seems that some guy nobody knows has a documentary about his experiences with macaroni & cheese, which is why I brought that up in the first place.</p><p>Jeffrey says hi.</p>

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    That is pretty damn awesome!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST



    actually - I woke up, didn't have time to scrape the cheese from under my belly, went from unconsciousness to watching THE ROAD in a theater in 16 minutes, then came home and was reminded of how awesome I am. giggle. Excuse, I must grab some crackers for my belly cheese... maybe I have some Melba Toast!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Harry, I'll hand it to you,

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    You've mellowed over the years. You once banned me for a lot less years ago. I was bracing for the ban-hammer but I gotta say it's cool that you can laugh with us now. *applause*

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    So, is this Bob Burns thing gonna be a DVD eventually?

    by JuanSanchez

    Seems like a lot of work for just a website video. And it's extremely cool stuff. I'd take this over Michael Moore's bullshit any day.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    bravo FETT

    by MacReady452

    thats good shit. much better than the "conspiracy" ongoing saga.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You finally had a chance to see THE ROAD?!<P>Is there a review in pipeline?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    ^ insert "the"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Really annoying watching this online.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    16 minutes?

    by MichelleRodrijizz

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    so no time for belly fat

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    and presumably no time for shower either? Just into your clothes and into the car?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Mr Nice Gaius

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    The Road will be so awesome that it will most surely "insert" it's "the" right in your "pipeline". I hope headgeek does write a review about it. For his website. In austin.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I hope you're right. With or without the insertion.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The Road will make people

    by MacReady452

    that thought Where the Wild Things Are was "dark", fill their diapers with tears. Come on Harry..good? You can't casually say "..I saw The Road.." and then just move on.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I agree, I'm drooling over the Road.

    by heavenlykid

    Not to take away from the subject of the talkback (because, as we know, all talkbacks stay on topic) but I've got such an art on for the Road. Partly because I love the book and the preview and partly because early word is so conflicted. So...eta on Road review sir geek?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by PennsyDeux 3 minutes plus, and it looks like it'll debut in front of Saw VI. Count me out, then, as I'll be seeing Astro Boy this weekend. :)

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Cormack McCarthy

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    is the reason I wish to see the road. By the way that short with Kanye is really good Mr Jonze.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Love this Bob Burns stuff...

    by SK229

    Don't know what it is, it's just something positive about two decent people that gives you faith in humanity.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Fuck Saw VI

    by MacReady452

    I'll sneak in at the beginning for the Avatar trailer and leave before that shitfest

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Looks like a Quatermass influence...

    by Dr.DirtyD

    on the War of the Worlds cylinder. <P>Talking about the og serial Pit cylinder, which was a shout out to Wells.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Oh God, another Avatar trailer?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    This site is gonna go ape shit.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    You said alloween Harry!

    by ThePilgrim

    Now it was time for THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE!!! What a movie! I have a history with this film. It was made when I was 3 years old, and we knew alot of the people working on it. In fact I remember the Halloween when the prop dude, fella by the name of Bob Burns came over with a basket full of body parts from the film. I still have a hand from the film. When you see the film, it's the one that sits upon the mantle in a shot. Then at the same party, Gunnar Hansen ran into the house with the chainsaw roaring, sans the teeth of the blade of course. Twas great. Then after the film came out, I saw it maybe 35 times before the age of 6, and as a 5 year old I took a series of art photos of me covered head to toe with self applied fake tatoos that I put on, posing on the bone furniture from the film. Then about 5 years ago, I was at a convention with Gunnar Hanson, set up right next to him, and he carved the Thanksgiving turkey that night. Wow, I have had Thanksgiving turkey cut by Leatherface... Mondo Cool. And lastly I've known Edwin Neal my entire life here in Austin, he's the crazed hitch-hiker the kids pick up, the one who cuts the handicap kid's hand. Personally, I don't think he's as stable as that character. Of course, if you are in San Antonio this coming weekend you can meet him at the San Antonio Collector's Exposition, as will I. Really cool dude, and sells alot of cool posters like me. I'm incapable of forgetting this change in story Harry

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by ThePilgrim <P> Harry if you knew how much of a TCM nut I was... I own/identified the exact bracelet Leatherface took from Pam in the original film. I also cracked the make of the saw used in the original when everyone was thinking it was another brand. It's a poulan 245 automatic oiler, and broke that news to Tim and Gunnar. Please explain why you've now said "Birthday twice and Halloween once?

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    blma the beer

    by ThePilgrim

    your birthdays on near halloween- fuckkkkkkk- nevermind

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    wait noi, shit

    by ThePilgrim

    it's in decemeber. Whats going on here. Who spiked my drink!!!!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Harry is awesome

    by StarchildAD

    He does have good stories and I likes me storytellers

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    New Avatar trailer?

    by TheWaqman

    Holy fuck I'm hyped. Fuck Saw though. I'll wait for the trailer to hit the internets.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Anybody here play Uncharted 2?

    by TheWaqman

    Fucking ace. Easily one of the best games released this gen. Really puts Indiana Jones 4, and the mummy series to shame. Nate Drake = Indy's real son.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I really want Uncharted 2

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    The first one was amazing. I remember several times just panning around at the amazing graphics and the gameplay was fantastic. Uncharted 2 is supposed to blow it away! I was positive Nathan Fillion did the voice, but nope, some guy I never heard of.

  • Oct. 19, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I really want Uncharted 2

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    The first one was amazing. I remember several times just panning around at the amazing graphics and the gameplay was fantastic. Uncharted 2 is supposed to blow it away! I was positive Nathan Fillion did the voice, but nope, some guy I never heard of.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Leatherface scared you on your 3rd birthday?

    by The Dark Shite

    That explains a lot.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Bob's wife is preternatually understanding.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by Roland Taverner

    I can't thank you enough for exposing me to the wonder and amazement that is Bob Burns. I would have never known about him if it wasn't for you or this site. He is truly a permanent staple in all that is Halloween and it's history. Not to mention, he helped out a few of the greats along the way. Thanks again. I really appreciate these articles.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by Master Bruce

    I remember being a wee lad back in the 70s watching Bob as "Tracy the Gorilla" on the Saturday morning tv show GHOSTBUTERS...gee I wonder where Belushi & Akroyd got the name years later? I also got a kick back then reading about Bob & his filmmaking pals in FAMOUS MONSTERS, & STARLOG magazine. Thanks for being such a good friend to us film geeks Bob...always.(I luv THE TIME MACHINE too!)

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 5:56 a.m. CST



    I've no idea why I would have typed Halloween. It was my birthday. Whenever I wrote that other article I probably had Halloween on the brain and never caught the brain fart. The cake that got cut had a reproduction of kid art I had done of Godzilla eating my parents.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    These Docs..

    by micturatingbenjamin

    Are actually pretty b'dass. Dennis Muren looks like someone created a sallow miniature of him; he looks like the baby zombie from Dead Alive. But the doc is entertaining.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Harry: FETT has you down pat...

    by Fah-Cue

    That's you to a "T". I go to this site for geek news, by the way. Not to sit through a psychiatrist session with your inner thoughts and childhood memories. EVERY article you make is filled with that crap. It's a good thing you DON'T make movies.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Um, fah-cue, Fa-cue...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Jealous much? Don't like it? Don't come here. Take a flying fuck at a doughnut hole. Harry's site, Harry's rules, Harry does whatever the fuck he wants. You have no say, you have no vote, you get no respect. Piss the fuck off.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters...

    by Fah-Cue

    You got a little brown on the tip of your nose there... Also: for being a HUGE deek, I will bang your mom extra hard tonight. That's right: I'm your father. Now, go to school, son. Dropping out of the fourth grade is bad for you.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

    by Skyway Moaters

    That's the best you can do Fah la la? Hahahahahah. You're not even in the game. Go back to trolling school. And I hope you're into sticking your tiny little dick into piles of ashes, otherwise you're not going to enjoy fucking my parents.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Skyway Ballsuckers...

    by Fah-Cue

    I guess if I were your parent, I would have walked in front of a train, too.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Oooh I can't take it!

    by Skyway Moaters

    I think I'm gonna cry...

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    star wars

    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

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    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by Quadio1

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Scaring the normals while made up...

    by Anna Valerious

    This Friday, I'm going to see "Cirque du Freak" as Evra Von, all green and scaly, so I wonder if I'll get any reactions like Kathy did while she was made up as Regan MacNeill. :)

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Burns NOT in Wikipedia

    by tphile2

    Why isn't there a Bob Burns bio in Wikipedia? Headgeek has one. There is even one of Burns The Ghost Busters tv show. but nothing for Bob and Kathy or there Halloween show. Can some Burns bio expert fix this oversight or contact Bob to ask him to btw Bob along with Joe Dante does a fun audio commentary for George Pals War of the World dvd. Check it out.

  • Oct. 20, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah..I dont know how I never knew about this either..

    by Jobacca

    I had SOME knowledge of Bob Burns being in the effects industry,and I remember hearing about him tracking down The Time Machine,but I had NEVER heard about these cool-ass Halloween shows. I have to say,this doc has made my Halloween this year...very awesome and I definitely hope its available to buy on DVD.

  • Oct. 24, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    fan fucking tastic

    by chipps

    this is acin. geekaphilia