Leatherface was introduced to the world by the late – and gravely missed – Gunner Hansen and left people screaming for their lives. No joke!
Many unsuspecting viewers were so assaulted by the sweat-drenched terror raging above them on the silver screen that they leapt from their seats and fled wildly from the darkened theater to escape the rust-tinted macabre wonders of Tobe Hooper’s nightmarish masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The original film was a lighting-in-a-bottle sort of project and was nothing short of a blistering phenomena. Like Hitchcock’s Psycho before it, Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw Massacre terrified us by the ‘less is far more’ practice.
As a viewer, we are held captive and utterly unable to escape the gritty spectacle taking place before our watering eyes. We are convinced that we’re seeing far more blood and guts than we actually are – an art many modern movies sadly neglect.
For a movie praised for its level of gore, it’s shockingly tame on the splatter factor though. It gets us – in our minds.
The psychological anguish of the viewing experience is something we never outlive. It lingers and the hulking figure of Hansen’s Leatherface is an image that is seared upon the collective memory of our culture. So much so that his tool of choice – that revving, heavy-as hell chainsaw – has become its own iconic character in the annals of horror history.
I say all that to bring up Lionsgate’s upcoming Leatherface, a film set to show us the coming of age story for the titular character Leatherface. It’s set to follow in the chronological cannon of both Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1972) and it’s direct sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013).
As an origin tale, this installment in the gritty franchise will showcase everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding cannibal as a child, and how he turns from that prepubescent innocence into the murdering force of mayhem we now know him to be.
In all fairness, I have to admit that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the very few movies to truly scare me. I mean it truly did a number on me. Not since the original film have I been this excited to see a fresh installment in that meaty legacy.
We can expect to hear the chainsaw rev up once again October 20, 2017.
Judging by the newly released trailer this is promising to be one more trip through the humid back roads of Hell. That cow mask, friends! Good Lord above, that cow mask alone has our skin crawling!
I’ve said it before, but it bears merit to say again. With all the returning horror icons flooding our screens this year, this is going to be one Hell of a Halloween!