The first look images for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface have arrived. After ruling the ’80s, doing pretty well in the ’90s, and hanging on decently in the 2000s, the current decade hasn’t exactly seen much of note produced by classic horror franchises like Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s been 8 years since Jason stalked victims at Camp Crystal Lake, 8 years since Michael Myers tormented Haddonfield – although that particular drought is soon to finally end – and 7 years since New Line’s failed attempt at rebooting Freddy seemed to kill that series dead for good.
Oddly enough, one of the only slasher icons from decades past to get an entry in the 2010s so far is Leatherface, the skin-wearing lead villain of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Unfortunately – as has been the case with most of the Chainsaw sequels to date – 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D was met mostly with a mixture of sighs and facepalms, sporting some of the most nonsensical twists in the history of the series, and taking an already-hard to follow continuity to the point of being nearly impenetrable to logic.
Still, Texas Chainsaw 3D made money, earning $47 million at the box office on a modest budget of $15 million. Thus, a follow-up was commissioned in 2014, titled Leatherface. In contrast to 3D – which was presented as a direct sequel to the 1974 original – Leatherface will be a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s classic, examining the titular character’s evolution from teenage psychopath to face-removing cannibal. Leatherface completed production in 2015, only to sit on a shelf for the last two years. The prequel is reportedly set to finally arrive this October, and Bloody Disgusting has just gotten its hands on a gory batch of first images from the film. Check them out below.
Leatherface centers on a quartet of escaped criminally-insane mental patients, and the nurse that they take hostage. One of the patients is a teenage version of horror’s most well-known chainsaw-user, although which one it is slowly unravels 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 (filmed prior to Marvel’s Iron Fist).
Directed by acclaimed filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside), it remains a mystery as to why Leatherface has gone unreleased for this long. The obvious assumption would be that the movie just isn’t very good, but not all delayed films are held back for that reason. One thing that’s worth noting is that despite producer Christa Campbell tweeting back in May that Leatherface would finally come out in October, there has still yet to be an official release date named for the film. Whether that should worry interested fans is unclear.
Leatherface reportedly cuts into theaters in October 2017.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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