Saw Lives Interview with Tim Harden

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9-9-05 questions emailed.

9-10-05 questions answered.


Interview with Tim Harden, Founder of !!!

Me: 1)You did research and you gathered information for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shocking Truth, Did you have did you have an obsession with TCM before that too? Or did it start when you gathered info for the Bio.Sounds like a dumb question huh...
Tim:1 )I started my web site in 1998.  By the time the guys from Exploited Video called me to assist them with their documentary, I had already accumulated a lot of information about the movie on my own.  I'm not sure I would call my interest in the movie an "obsession", but I can see where a lot of people would think that.  I really started the web site just to let people know where the film locations were because they were just "word of mouth" and legend in Texas.  But because of the enormous feedback I was getting from TCM fans around the world, it drove me to find out so much more about how the movie was made and that helped expand the site to what it is today.
Me:2)How many of the TCM crew have you met? Have you met any of the cast or crew from TCM's sequels???
Tim:2) Let's see...  Paul Partain, Jim Siedow, Teri McMinn,  Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan (by phone), Allen Danziger, Edwin Neal, Marilyn Burns, Bob Burns the production designer, Bill Vail (by phone), Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel (by phone), Lou Perryman (crew member of the original and played "L.G." in the first sequel), Wayne Bell who did sound for the original, Roger Bartlett who wrote "Fool for a Blond" in the soundtrack, 2 members of Timberline Rose who did "Waco" and "Glad Hand" for the soundtrack,  Ed Guinn the truck driver (by e-mail) and I believe that's it for the original.  The only person I've met from the sequel would be Andrew Bryniarski who played Leatherface because his promotions director requested that I do an interview for him for my web site.  I've also spoken to the locations director of the remake by e-mail.  I also have e-mailed with a cast member from the 3rd sequel, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.  He played one of the boys in the group of kids that get lost with Rene Zellweger.  He's now very happy living in Hawaii as a bartender.
Me:3) )when did you start liking TCM??? When did it start???
Tim:3) I was about 16 years old when I watched the movie with a friend of mine in high school.  I felt like I was drug through the halls of insanity when I first saw it.  It definitely made a permanent impression on me, one which I'll never forget.
Me:4) How much info did you gather for TCM Bio,and For Headcheese? What kind of info was it???
Tim:4) I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what bio(s) you're referring to.
Me:5) )Your website, , was it an imediate success??? How long have you hosted it? Are you proud of having the best TCM site availiable???
Tim:5) Immediate success?  No one really knew about it until I registered it on the first search engine I knew of, which was  Several years before Google.  Back then, it was the most popular and used search engine available.  It was the best move I ever made.  From there, all other search engines were using their database for their own search engines and then my site became known everywhere.  That's when the e-mails started coming in and the snowball effect started.  The snowball has become so huge now, that I try to keep the site in check so that it's not overly too big (perhaps I'm too late on that one!).  But it also depends upon what you term as a "success".  Does it bring in any money?  It does, but it's laughable compared to the thousands of hours and dollars put into it.  But for popularity among horror and TCM fans?  It's definitely a success.  Am I proud of it?  You bet!
Me:6) If someone was to offer you a good price for your website,would you sell it??? 
Tim:6) I have often pondered that question myself.  Especially when I sometimes get fed up with the responsibility.  When it comes down to it, it's really like a child of my own.  I don't think I could ever let go of it because I enjoy the feedback I get through e-mail and the recognition I get with other cast members and fan web sites.  The site used to be a real labor to find information and do research for.  But these days (these years, actually), I pretty much sit back and watch the information come to me from cast members and fans.  It's kind of like I've hit the gas on a car to reach a certain speed.  Now that it's up to speed, it's on cruise control for as long as I like.  It's been continuously online since 1998.
Tim:6 cont...)  When someone considers buying an already established web site from someone else, they are mostly looking at what revenue the web site can bring them in return.  Just as if you were buying someone else's company.  I know that I'll never find a buyer who would want to pay the money that would compensate my time and money that I have invested in it.  That would be in the tens of thousands of dollars.  So when you look at the bottom line of what revenue my current site brings in, it would be a total loss for the buyer.  Only a TRUE TCM fanatic who has money to throw around, and who would like control of the domain would ever buy my site from me.
BLUE= Tim Harden
RED= Russell Frantom (saw lives)
Thanks Tim, for the Interview!!!- Russ, SAW LIVES!

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