In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has spawned a plethora of sequels, remakes, prequels and… Whatever the hell TCM 3D was Most of these things are met with mixed feelings from fans. The sequels are mostly great, even New Generation, but my opinion may fall into the minority on that one. The remake divide was even a wider gap. Again, I am a big fan of TCM’ 2003, but it certainly has its detractors. The sequel to the remake, The Beginning, was already a prequel, but I guess studioheads decided that it didn’t go back far enough in the timeline. And now, we have Leatherface, which is odd considering TCM3 was already titled Leatherface, except with the subtitle “Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”.
Two main reasons caused me to great anticipation for this movie. First of all, I’m a superfan of the entire series of films. But an even better reason is that this one was directed by Alexandre Bustillo, and Julien Maury, directors of one of the best movies of French horror, Inside. Leatherface takes place in the 50s, and opens with a murder at the Sawer’s barn. At this point we are introduced to Stephen Dorff’s characcter, Hal Hartman, and as it turned out, his child is one of the dead bodies that were found. Hartman takes the Sawyer’s son, and has him placed in the system. From that moment on, Hartman goes on a quest for vengeance, hoping to make the Sawyer’s pay for what they’ve done to him.
One of the things I liked best about this movie is that it’s sort of a whodunit, as in, For over half of the movie, we have no idea who Leatherface actually is. It follows a group of teenage asylum escapees, and honestly, it could have been any one of the male characters. It will become apparent after that, who you should expect to Leatherface himself, but I had no idea up until then. Another plus, is that while there sure is lots of good looking gore and such, some of the more gnarly moments are shown off-screen. Some people complain about this, and I have myself. But it felt lie the artistic photography made an off-screen kill more effective than if it were a gnarly close-up.
Leatherface didn’t have much by way of a theatrical presentation. In fact, the movie appeared on VOD before anything else. I’m not sure why, either, as it is a much better film than the last pile of crap, Texas Chainsaw 3D. Either way, I was glad when I was finally able to see the film. Lionsgate Blu-ray release of the film is basically standard new release presentation. It features an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer, presented in 2.38:1., and a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Extras are a little on the light side, with only deleted scenes, and a featurette titled Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface. Leatherface is now available on DVD and Blu-ray/Digital HD combo. You may purchase a copy of your own by clicking here.
⦁ “Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface” Featurette
⦁ Deleted Scenes
⦁ Alternate Opening
⦁ “The Pit”
⦁ “Trailer Confession”
⦁ Alternate Ending