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Exclusive ‘Leatherface’ Red Band Trailer Stitches Together Ultra-violent Mayhem

I think most of us are pretty big fans of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and Among the Living. I celebrated harder than my own birthday when I found out the French filmmakers were going to be directing Leatherface, the long-awaited prequel to Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I’m not sure there would have been a better choice.

After much anticipation, Bloody Disgusting is excited to exclusively premiere the red band trailer for Leatherface,  which will see an exclusive DirecTV release on September 21, 2017, with a limited theatrical run and full VOD release through Lionsgate revved up for October 20, 2017.

While it’s hard to tell what the actual story is, the footage here is ridiculously good.  Not only that but it really looks like something new and different, something the franchise has been starved for. Even better is that it looks way more focused than its predecessor, tossing aside the comedy and instead opting for heartbreak and carnage. I recall fans feeling let down by the lackluster moment when Leatherface first picks up his chainsaw in the 2003 remake; it appears that Leatherface really takes the time to crack into the psyche of the deranged killer and his family before the madness. Here, he gets the chainsaw for a birthday present. Why? That’s one of the many mysteries presented in this trailer. It’s all stitched together with grim shots of Leatherface assembling the first of his iconic masks. Holy hell I can’t wait until this fall!


Leatherface is rated R “for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality/nudity.

In Leatherface, Jessica Madsen plays one of four inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor) who escapes from a mental hospital. One of them becomes the title character and iconic slasher. The quartet kidnaps a young nurse (played by Vanessa Grasse) and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman (Stephen Dorff) out for revengeThe Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor is Verna Sawyer.

Penned by Seth M. Sherwood, here’s the official synopsis:

In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw 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 sheriffs’ daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the young Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster known now as Leatherface.

Leatherface was directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and Among the Living.

When we talked with the filmmakers, they told us the film is “a brutal and nihilistic road movie that we hope will surprise and delight the fans…



  • pablitonizer

    Looks decent to me, a bit better than TC 3D! let’s see what happens

  • HalesTales

    Visually, it looks a lot like the remake, but I’m excited we got to see something finally! I hope it’s not released only on DirecTV and I hope it’s great. The Chainsaws are my favorite.

    • Wes Draven

      It doesn’t look too bad. It isn’t enough to really sell me, but it isn’t like Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a franchise filled with classic films, and so, this looks like it could be one of the good ones.

      The film’s announced to have a very, very limited theatrical release and then, a swift release on video on-demand. The fact that it’s being released on-demand so fast entails that most of the bigger chains will not show the film, since they’re known for being sticklers about that.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Yeah I could do without the washed out brown look. The original was colorful. Bring it back. Bring back color to horror!

      • I think we can finally agree on something. 😉

      • HalesTales

        Absolutely! Let the content and horror speak for itself and be contrasted by color as we see it in life. Plus, the blood looks so much better!

  • I don’t understand, Leatherface is not going to be deformed?
    Still this does look grim and different, i’m in!

    • VATech

      Not going to spoil anything but if they stuck with the original script, his face does end up deformed in the film. It’s not a natural deformity though.

  • Francesco Falciani

    It looks so good

  • VATech

    Looks like they’ve tweaked the script a bit. Lizzy didn’t get any chase scene in the original script. Looks great though! Very surprised.

  • Dr. Carrion Crow

    Pretty sure Leatherface is supposed to be mentally disabled, but ok.

    • Jack Derwent

      The idea they’re playing off is something happened that made him the way he is in the original film as opposed to being born that way.

      • Dr. Carrion Crow

        That idea is terrible and goes against what he should be.

  • Movie_Buff_Daz

    Looks damn good imo

  • Eric

    Cinematography looks beautiful.
    Not so sure on the whole “here’s your present, now pick it up” as you hand your small child his birthday chainsaw…


      Yeah, no shit eh, the thing’s bigger than he is for crying out loud.

  • DrewHamster

    I had like no hopes of this being good at all, but this trailer has changed my mind for sure. This looks WAY better than the last film and I can even say I’m looking forward to seeing this now.

  • David Tucker

    Wow…. this looks….. correct.

  • David Tucker

    One question- is this supposed to tie into the original series, or the remakes? Or neither?

    • Ocelot006 .

      The original and the fucking god awful Texas Chainsaw 3D.

      • James

        Texas 3D ended up having a pretty good premise once it got rolling, which it completely wasted and ended up being a train wreck of a film.

        • Ocelot006 .

          It had a good premise. Then less than ten minutes in twenty years after 1973 became 2013 and all went to fuck.

      • David Tucker

        Yay…. boooo….

    • Court

      Yes, mostly.

  • James

    Huh…I was completely ready to write this one off but now I’m honestly intrigued….

  • HawtSkhot

    That actually looks pretty solid. Though now I’m curious, is TCM: The Beginning canon now, or what?

    • BreeBennett

      The remake and The Beginning are in their own universe. It’s the Hewitt family and not the Sawyer family. So, TB is not canon in this.


    Well that looks super fucked up.

  • Creepshow

    Exclusive to who? Jonathan Barkan had this on Dread Central before you. Knob

    • Munchie

      Is yours an exclusive comment?

      • Creepshow

        From my ass, to your ears.

        • Munchie


        • J Jett

          LOL! 🙂

    • John Squires

      We were given the exclusive on this. Anyone else uploading this particular video to their website today has taken it from us. It was not sent to anyone but us.

      That said, what do you think of the trailer?

      • Creepshow

        The word “exclusive” has been abused here worse than a two dollar hooker. It has rendered the word meaningless.

      • Kyle Cole

        I think it looks awesome! Cant wait to see the film!

      • Creepshow

        I stand corrected, and apologize. I’m not above eating my own shit-sandwich.

  • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

    I still have hope for this after seeing the trailer despite the direc tv thing. I hope Deep Blue Sea 2 can pull it out of the bag as well.

  • Alanmac

    Gotta say that trailer looks pretty damn good. I’m WAY more intrigued now than I have been since they announced this.

  • Khy

    This may very well be the last film in the franchise. So enjoy

    • Nick Botic

      I doubt it. They might take a break from it for a while, but there will always be more reboots, sequels, prequels.

  • Cheddar Hayes

    Best part of this movie? It’s a Venom origin story!

  • Ocelot006 .

    Oh Em Gee! It doesn’t look like a direct to TV piece of shit!!!!

  • Poopispoopy

    Never a good sign when a trailer basically has no dialogue.

  • le4therfac3

    there’s a lot of the script i read in there. looks well shot. i’m actually pretty excited for this now.

  • Pf Mahan

    looks good, last one sucked the big one, except for the first 20 minutes or so.. here in Panama they show a lot of films that never make it into theaters in the states, I am sure it will play here, we are actually getting the Amityville movie at the end of this month

    • Nick Botic

      That’s awesome!

  • The_Gentleman

    Ok. NOW I’m interested. Good trailer.

  • James0479

    Looks fine to me. I’m down! Hated the last one but I’m ready to hear the saw roar once more.

  • Forca84

    It actually looks… half decent. Nice cinematography. One strike against it is people will complain they don’t care about Leatherface’s younger years. Not sure where they could’ve gone with the story after all the reboots and sequels.

  • Eastman420

    Damn actually looks pretty fucking cool. Looks like Stephen Doriffs character isn’t making it out of this…..and why would he its a prequel.

  • The film looks good but the music ruined the trailer.

    • Lady Bathory

      Yeah that’s true, unfortunately…

  • Darkknight2149

    I can dig it! It definitely looks better than those out-of-context stills. It looks like they improved on the gore, as opposed to the unfinished CGI and bad practical effects of “Texas Chainsaw 3D”.

    • Nick Botic

      “Do your thing, cuz!” is, to me, the most poorly delivered line in the history of not only horror, but film in general. Simply put, that was so fucking corny. The worst part in an overall terrible movie, and that’s a lot coming from me, I’m not overly critical like a lot of horror fans.

      • J Jett

        LOL!! i felt so bad for Alexandria Daddario for having to say that “Cuz” line. NO ONE on this earth could ever make that line sound non-cringe-y. LOL.

      • dangerzone79

        That line was one of the most cringeworthy things I’ve ever seen in a film. There were parts of that movie (Dan Yeager’s take on Leatherface) that I liked but that line is just… BAD.

        • Nick Botic

          Oh I agree. I didn’t very much care for the movie, but you’re right, Yeager’s Leatherface wasn’t all that bad. But yeah like I said, that line was one of the worst I’ve EVER seen, and I’m one lazy sonofabitch, I’ve seen a hell of a lot of movies, some good, some bad, and J Jett, you’re absolutely right. the best actors of our lifetime would sound like fucking assholes saying that bullshit. I remember audibly expressing my disdain when that part happened in the theatre. *exaggerated eyeroll, throw up hands* “Oh, come onnnn”

  • sliceanddice

    I trust these directors though I’m yet to be convinced the end product. we’ll see.

    • Necro

      Very well said! I was always stoked to hear these two were behind it, but I approach pretty much every film with a low expectation. I was ultra pumped for ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ and well lets just say I wasn’t pleased. After that is when I started not getting to excited anymore. Now I loved ‘Inside’ and I’m hoping they deliver cuz at the very least they SEEM to get Horror.

      • sliceanddice

        good point. i still lament the hellraiser reboot they were involved in and yet never made.

  • Fania Ayaya

    Let’s watch the latest movie in 2017 on the site listed in this comment

  • BreeBennett


  • dukeblues

    Looks good to me. Who cares if its VOD? Some of the shit they release at the theaters (Chainsaw 3D comes to mind) was worse. I will say though, the leatherface character is too “cute” if you will, in my opinion. Shouldn’t he look more like a trashy weirdo?

    • Matheus Martins

      Too skinny and short too. Why hollywood thinks every teenager is an emo top model fuck?

      I have a friend who was 6 foot in his 14s, he was huge both in height and body mass.

  • Dr Bubba Sawyer

    I have read the screenplay and Maury/Bustillo & the studio have made quite a few changes. There are more kills, how he got the chainsaw is different, and the trailer is less of a knock-off of Devils Rejects.

  • Gray Michael

    Can’t wait.

  • Thrash13

    I’m a sucker for anything Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so I’ll check it out regardless. That being said, the trailer was pretty damn good! I’m definitely excited for it.

  • zombie84_41

    This looks so fuckin dope.

  • Colin Perkins

    For a moment there I thought the girl in the opening that got grabbed was the same kid given the chainsaw. Like they look almost like twins. So I was like huh? Given that nobody else is making posts that are like Leatherface is a girl? It must be in my head.

  • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

    Lions Gate is a good sign that this will be a good movie.

  • Ocelot006 .

    “Millennium Films is listed as the distributor, although Lionsgate had originally been set to release the film. No word on where this stands.”

    What the fuck is that Lionsgate logo at the head of the trailer?

  • Dani

    Kinda get a devils rejects vibe

  • Lady Bathory

    My gf played Resident Evil 7 a lot. This kinda looks like it..with that weird family and the disgusting dinner table xD

    • The Drucifer

      RE7 was very inspired by the TCM aesthetic.

  • Vanessa Grasse looks great, a new Scream Queens is born!

  • J Jett

    i’m surprised that this doesn’t look bad! i’m in.

  • Ocelot006 .

    What ever happened to the Twin Peaks recaps? Or did the hipster writing them get alcohol poisoning from too much 99 cent IPA?

    • The Drucifer

      They had Peaks write ups? I bet they were insufferable.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Oh believe me, they were. I love the show but other fans beyond my brother and buddy Miguel? Insufferable people.

        • The Drucifer

          it’s a hard show to discuss without the full picture. I would think you shouldn’t even start a write up until it’s all done.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    Direct TV……The New Name In Horror…..

    • James B.

      Well Netflix is…. with all the tv shows so Direct TV is right to promote horror.

  • Nick Botic

    This is the first post I’ve seen on this site in quite some time where the majority of the community has a positive response. It’s so refreshing. Haha

  • discochic

    Looks like crap. Yawn. Nearly as bad as the shitty original. Nearly. Nothing will be as the dumb 74 film.

    • Chase LeValley

      Great attempt at triggering people.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Hey Look, you upvoted your own post! yet another garbage post nobody cared about. Time to bring in the dummy profiles to back you up.

  • llcc1103

    meh…. desperate attempt to capture the originals magic. Shots are very similar as well. (i.e low dolly behind girl walking up to house) I wont fall for the lies of trailers anymore. If its good, then I will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Maury & Bustillo ftw!!

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    First bit of good news for me is Lili Taylor playing Verna. I’ve liked her since Live From Baghdad.

  • Necro

    Ok glad to see it looks brutal and violent. Not getting over excited though. Why is this not getting a theatrical run?

  • Brett

    Wow, looks WAAAAY better than I expected. Definitely checking this out. (And I haven’t liked a Chainsaw film since the original.)

  • Please be good!

  • Kharjo

    Just another desperate cash grab. Yawn. Make something original already.

    • dukeblues

      The original movies they are making are shit. Tried and true classics are better. I don’t care how many times they make this movie, I’ll watch it over the lame shit they are making these days anytime. Give me more Leatherface, Jason and Michael

      • Max X kinght

        when will this go to DVD?

        • James B.

          September or early October, maybe near Halloween.

      • Blood Boil

        This is why we can’t have nice things. Keep handing your money over to Hollywood hacks. The re-makes and the originals are all being made by a small handful of the same group of people. It’s all garbage.

  • dukeblues

    Looks legit. But leatherface is kinda small. Should have had the fat kid play him

  • Frank Gambino

    It’s not getting a wide release?

    • Pluto Hiller

      I think that’s because the last one didn’t make as much as the remake and prequel. I think it’s kind of silly that we’re getting an even earlier prequel concerning the timeline, but I’m in. I like Stephen Dorff

      • James B.

        This one will do good on demand, it doesn’t feature whiny Trey.

  • Thomas Rokos

    At least it looks good. The last movie was the worse in every aspect.

  • I want to like it, but the music and the block capital serif font on a grunge background is so damn generic it puts me off. I know it sounds petty but come on, when the franchise is so full of shitty attempts at a reboot, at least try and make the movie stand out as something different

  • Predator Fanboy

    Looks good

  • WOLF

    Is that Leatherface as a normal looking kid? If so, it’s a big mistake. Honestly anything humanizing the clan in any way is a mistake. You can’t explain why some monsters are monsters… nor do you need to explain.

    • Forca84

      His face becomes deformed through an accident I think. He wasn’t born that way.

  • xXFacelessXx

    That trailer didn’t help with the anticipation at all…

  • Pluto Hiller

    I would love to see a new low budget version filmed on film like the original. Maybe the only movie I love that benefits from the gritty 70’s film look. The atmosphere in that film can’t be topped. I think this looks good though.

  • Matt Miller

    Hey, this looks surprisingly good after all the trouble this had. I hope it’s as brutal as Inside.

  • Evan3

    Nothing in this trailer appears to match the synopsis. Glad these two are getting a shot at Hollywood, but this definitely did nothing for me.

  • Bloodspatta

    Looks disappointing.

  • Kaid Smith

    I’m hoping it won’t be dumb, but I don’t have high hopes. It’s looks like it’s trying to do what every other Chainsaw film has done; pay homage to the original.

  • Anthony DeRouen

    Please give us something new beyond stupid teens getting butchered.

  • The Drucifer

    This better tie into TCM the next generation…fuck, I suck.

  • Kevin Lewis

    I’m excited about anything they are attached to as of this date! If anybody could make another Chainsaw film interesting it’s them! Or I’m setting myself up for a disappointment. Gore it up!

  • Servo X

    Looks pretty solid , let’s just hope it’s NOT like part 3D , shall we 😛

  • RedNeoCon

    Meh. Looked like ass.

    Unless a Chris Nolan or Zack Snyder gets ahold of it, these TCM films will always look like shit.

    • James

      I have to disagree. Nispel already knocked it out of the park.

      • RedNeoCon

        Nispel was a shitty German music video director. Naturally this meant he brought nothing to the table.

        • James

          Oh but he did. His remake of TCM was amazing.

      • James B.

        James, Nispel really did do the remake justice! From the looks of it, the studio paid attention with this one. Hopefully if this make good sales on demand and in limited theaters we’ll get stronger thetrical releases of TCM movies in the future and maybe a re-release of this movie.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Finally!!! But honestly the trailer looks promising a bit. I’m still having hopes that this turns out to be awesome. However some scenes look pretty brutal and exciting so hopefully it all works out.

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