Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface finally has a release date. Leatherface was of course introduced in director Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 fright fest The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and is in many ways one of the grandfathers of the entire slasher genre, hitting screens years before any of the other aforementioned killers. Unfortunately, the franchise Leatherface went on to lead - so far comprised of 7 total films - has been one of the most inconsistent and strange out there. Nearly every installment has changed things up drastically from the film before it, adding wacky new plot elements and constantly changing the members of Leatherface's cannibal family. Thus, the character's overall reputation has suffered.
Despite that spotty track record though, both the Leatherface character and Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise still hold weight within the horror community, and it never seems to be too long before one filmmaker or another attempts to resurrect the chainsaw-loving madman. The latest to take up the challenge were French directing duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, makers of the acclaimed indie Inside. Entitled simply Leatherface, the project is a prequel to the original Hooper film, and was shot back in 2015.
Nothing's been heard from the project since then. But finally, after a two year delay, the film will finally see release in October 2017. The news was revealed in a tweet from producer Christa Campbell:
— christa campbell (@christacampbell) May 13, 2017
Why exactly Leatherface has spent two years on Lionsgate's shelf remains anyone's guess, although speculation would obviously lean toward the movie just not being very good. This isn't always the case with delayed movies, but one only has to look back at Paramount's recent long-delayed debacle Rings to find an instance of the "long delays mean the movie is bad" hypothesis being confirmed.
The actual plot of 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 the titular skin-lover, although which one it is slowly unravels as the film progresses. Notable genre name Stephen Dorff (Blade) plays the sheriff attempting to track down the maniacs before they can slaughter more innocents, while Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) portrays Sawyer family matriarch Verna. The cast also includes SamStrike (EastEnders), and Finn Jones (filmed prior to Marvel's Iron Fist).
Leatherface cuts into theaters in October 2017.
Source: Christa Campbell