Despite debuting in one of the greatest horror films of all-time – and being one of the grandfathers of the entire slasher sub-genre – Leatherface hasn’t exactly had the greatest track record when it comes to quality.
While Tobe Hooper’s oddball Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Jeff Burr’s surprisingly good TCM 3 have their fans, 1994’s TCM: The Next Generation is widely considered one of the worst horror sequels ever, and is a film stars Matthew McConcaughey and Renee Zellweger would really rather that interviewers not bring up.
Opinions of Marcus Nispel’s 2003 TCM remake fall along a wide range, with some holding it up as one of the better horror remakes of the 2000s, while others dismiss it as an overly glossy redo of an infamously raw and low-budget production.
2006’s TCM: The Beginning – a prequel to the remake – and especially 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3-D – which confusingly attempts to be a direct sequel to Hooper’s original, while managing to completely destroy the timeline – draw almost nothing but disgust and vitriol from fans of the franchise.
That all brings us to Leatherface, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s (Inside) attempt to make their own prequel, this time to the original classic. The plot centers on four escaped psychopaths and the unfortunate asylum nurse that they take hostage and force to come along for the ride.
One of the four psychos is a teenage version of Leatherface, although which one that is isn’t clear from the start. Leatherface was shot back in 2015, and has been sitting on Lionsgate’s shelf for two years. Recently, producer Christa Campbell took to Twitter to announce that the movie will finally see release this October.
— christa campbell (@christacampbell) May 13, 2017
Of course, we still don’t know why exactly Leatherface has been held back for so long. Is the movie just really, really bad? With Bustillo and Maury in charge, that’s a bit hard to imagine. Is the movie just so gory and depraved that even Lionsgate didn’t want to release it? For the sake of our genre, let’s hope it’s more the latter than the former.