Fangoria had a change to talk to Texas Chainsaw Massacre Producer Andrew Form about what it was like when they first announced they were remaking Tobe Hopper classic film and what is going on with the sequel to the 2003 surprise hit. Now I will be the first to admit that I was one of those fans that cursed the thought of remaking that movie, but it turned out to be a very good flick with a great scene in the van involving the “Hitchhiker”. Inside you can find part of that interview with Andrew Form along with some discussion about The Amityville Horror.
“When we announced that we were doing it, we could not have had worse press from die-hard horror fans,” recalls Andrew Form, producer of last fall’s much-ballyhooed TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake. “The reaction was violent. There were a lot of unhappy people out there in the horror world.”
Luckily for Form, those unhappy people shelled out $28 million on opening weekend alone and over $80 million all told, allowing CHAINSAW to become one of the most profitable films of 2003 and ensuring the franchise’s future. Form and partner Brad Fuller, co-founders of the Platinum Dunes production company, are now overseeing an as-yet-untitled TEXAS CHAINSAW prequel, tentatively set for release at Halloween 2005. While many horror fans came to grudgingly embrace the remake, the prequel may prove even more controversial due to its subject matter: the origins of Leatherface himself.
“We thought that a lot of people who saw the movie always wondered why he uses a chainsaw,” explains Form. “No one really explains it, he just does. We tried to explain a little bit in our version why he wears a mask, but here we’re really going to try to show you how the mask originated, and stuff like that.”