Even in the form of a green band trailer, Leatherface's origin story is (unsurprisingly) pretty gross. Four years after Leatherface last terrified audiences - and two years after production wrapped on this latest entry - the next chapter in the long, strange Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror franchise is preparing to cut into theaters and VOD this fall. Perhaps more than any other major horror series, TCM has seen lots of ups and downs, from a chainsaw-battle with Dennis Hopper to the reveal that Leatherface's cannibal family - headed up by Matthew McConaughey! - was in fact controlled by sinister government agents.
Still, there's a reason that Leatherface the character and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise keep getting chance after chance, outside of simple brand recognition. All these years later, director Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic still stands up as one of the most unsettling, horrifying films in history. Thus, with new sequel/prequel/remake/etc., horror fans at large allow themselves to hope against hope that even half of the original's insane awesomeness will be captured once again.
Last month brought fans the first trailer for Lionsgate's latest TCM effort, simply titled Leatherface. The trailer was a gore-soaked red band affair, and actually earned quite a few nods of approval from the genre community. Today, EW brings Leatherface's second trailer, this time of the green band variety. Thankfully, trailer two isn't just a sanitized version of the last one. In fact, it's almost entirely different, although still pretty nasty and grimy. Check it out at the link below, followed by a new poster that was released online this past week.
A prequel to the original classic, Leatherface centers on a quartet of escaped criminally-insane mental patients, and the nurse that they take hostage. One of said patients is a teenage version of the titular skin-wearing killer, although which one it is is slowly revealed as the film progresses. Stephen Dorff (Blade) plays the sheriff attempting to track down the maniacs before they can slaughter more innocents, while Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) portrays the Sawyer family matriarch Verna. The cast also includes Sam Strike (EastEnders), and Finn Jones (Marvel’s Iron Fist).
It obviously remains to be seen whether Leatherface will be a prequel worthy of sharing the same home video shelf with Hooper's original, but all in all, at least this latest effort will have to try really, really hard to be worse than widely-panned predecessors like Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation or Texas Chainsaw 3D.
- Leatherface (2017) release date: Oct 20, 2017