Every scene in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” could be described as “disturbing” or “repulsive,” but another standout among the horror was the scene where Sally (the late Marilyn Burns) is invited to dinner by her family of boo-boo cannibals. The family takes their grandfather’s mummified body out in a wheelchair and sits him on the table. Sally is horrified. The cannibals pull Sally to the mummy, cut off her fingertip with a knife, and put the bleeding wound into the mummy’s mouth. To everyone’s surprise, Grandpa is still alive and instinctively begins sucking the blood from Sally’s finger.
This was actor John Dugan, who was only 21 at the time and wore a full-headed old man mask. Like many of her co-stars, Dugan took a break from acting after “Texas Chainsaw” and remained out of the business for 20 years. He was playful enough to appear as a maskless cop in the 1995 sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,” one of the worst movies ever made. By 2000, the acting bug bit him again and Dugan began appearing in horror films once again. He also appeared in the movie “Butcher Boys” opposite Teri McMinn and briefly reprized his role as Grandfather in the 2013 film. “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” after all, more than a dozen B pictures were ripped from 2013 to 2017.
Dugan held the record for many years as the actor who reprises the same role for the most years between performances; There were 39 years between “Chain Saw” and “Texas Saw 3D”. However, this record was broken in 2018, when Nick Castle portrayed Michael Myers in “Halloween”, which was shot 40 years after the original.