The iconic human-skin-wearing killer from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre gets an origin story in the red band trailer for Leatherface, coming this fall from Lionsgate and Millenium Films. The latest attempt to resurrect the dormant Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Leatherface is finally set to hit theaters and VOD after sitting on a shelf for two long years.
Set prior to the events depicted in Tobe Hooper's original 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Leatherface depicts the title character as a teenager escaping from a mental institution and going on a road trip with a kidnapped nurse and three other inmates. The group is pursued by a vengeful lawman (Stephen Dorff) who is himself not exactly the picture of mental health.
The new red band trailer for Leatherface (via Bloody Disgusting) gives us our first real glimpse of the movie since the release of some still images back in June. The movie's setting is the 1950s, as the song immediately clues us in. The juxtaposition of innocent-sounding 1950s music and horrific imagery could be described as a bit heavy-handed but it gets the job done. The trailer stays away from plot spoilers, instead giving us a heavy taste of the movie's over-the-top gore and other bizarre happenings.
Lily Taylor pops up as Sawyer family matriarch Verna, and in one touching moment she gives a youthful Leatherface his very first chainsaw as a birthday present (clearly Leatherface's development as a crazed killer was not an accident). We also see a brief glimpse of Leatherface sewing his iconic human-skin mask and putting it on for the first time.
The trailer seems to hint that Leatherface will be very intense in tone, with maybe a splash here and there of deadpan humor. The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre derived most of its effectiveness from the crudeness of Tobe Hooper's technique and the roughness of the 16mm photography, and subsequent Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels and reboots have never been able to capture that movie's same sense of primal horror.
Tone-wise the Chainsaw Massacre movies have been all over the place, some like Hooper's direct sequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 trying dark comedy, others like 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D trying to re-cast Leatherface and his family as semi-victims. By all appearances, Leatherface is a slick production that is far beyond what Tobe Hooper was able to achieve from a technical standpoint back in 1974, but slickness as horror fans know doesn't necessarily equal a more terrifying experience.
Source: Lionsgate (via Bloody Disgusting)
- Leatherface (2017) release date: Oct 20, 2017