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‘Leatherface’ is a “Brutal and Disillusioned Road-Movie,” Says the Directors!

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Fans of Inside and Livide should expect the gory best from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French filmmakers behind Leatherface, the upcoming prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen), 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 revenge.

Allocine has the first ever interview with Maury and Bustillo, who explain that the connection to Hooper’s classic slasher.

“In Leatherface, we’re actually more connected to the Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” they explain. “The main difference with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is that we go back further in the character’s origins, telling a part of its teenage years.”

What’s most interesting is that they describe Leatherface as a road-trip horror film, which is insanely badass.

“Basically, we could define our movie as a naturalist, brutal and disillusioned road-movie, with a quite new narrative structure in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre universe…”

Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman (interview), alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.

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  • The Mollusk

    I’d rather not have Leatherface given a backstory, it’s scarier not knowing what makes him the way he is. But I’ll give it a shot. This franchise has just been taken all over the place. They need to do something to help people forget the debacle that was Texas chainsaw 3D.

    • Halloween_Vic

      I agree.

    • Adam Paquette

      same here, thats why i didnt like rob zombies halloween– i dont want to see little mikey as an abused white trash kid, i want to know him as he was when i first met him; a kid who just snapped and killed his sister on halloween night. all the back story of him killing animals and being bullied and all that shit was so cliche, i hate rob zombie hes such a shitty director. dont even get me started on his halloween 2…… that was just a fucking trainwreck.

      • Sasha Kozak

        Compared to the crap we get these days with modern north american horror, I thought Rob Zombie did a pretty good job. These days the only horror movie sworth watching imo are foreign horror flicks. Rob Zombie actually did a great job with the first Halloween, having some substance in showing the Myers past. Probably my second favorite of the Halloween movies after the original one.

        I would way rather watch Rob Zombies Devils Rejects or his Halloween instead of all the modern “found footage’ horror flicks and the bs remakes of texas chainsaw and Aliens vs Predtar bs .

  • astronauta69

    very excited, À l’intérieur is fucking great

  • Sylvain Vivet Paul

    I trust Maury and Bustillo ,those guys made some of the best horror movies in the last decade (imo) i believe they can bring TCM back to his glory days

    • J Jett

      Sylvain, unfortunately AMONG THE LIVING was unbelievably bad.

      • Alanmac

        Hey now, Anthrax was in their prime when they released that! 😉

  • Khy

    I can’t wait until we hear news on a release date. Hopefully everything else is kept quiet.

  • A-TOWN CALI DUDE

    Right on. This movie has the makings to be great, I will definitely be in line to see it.

  • Halloween_Vic

    I’m extremely siked and excited for this obviously!!! I will be honest I also don’t want so much of a backstory on him I like the fear of not knowing who he truly is, but I just hope we see leatherface as a adult swinging that chainsaw but based on the whole road trip from hell I’m guessing it will be leatherface as a teenager the whole film which I wish wasn’t the case cause I mean will he have a face made of skin? Will he have a chainsaw? A teen running around with a chainsaw isn’t scary to me, but just because it’s part of Texas Chainsaw Massacre I am excited!!!

  • thom

    Maybe they’ll turn him into a whiny punk like Anakin Skywalker. That would be totally BOSS.

    • Adaaification

      Haven’t you seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, there you gut a whiny punk like Leatherface.

  • Adam Clifton

    As much as I like a new Texas Chainsaw movie, this sounds more and more like another gory movie in line with ‘TCM: The Beginning’ and ‘TCM 3D’, The whole point of the original classic is again, lost.

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  • Blade

    Maybe I am just letting my head canon of what I believe his younger years were like get in the way of my imagination, but I just don’t see how this is going to work. This is supposed to be a prequel to the original film, right? Leatherface always seemed timid, jumpy, and kind of sheltered from the outside world to me. I just have a hard time picturing the leatherface we saw in the original film, as a teenager breaking out of a mental institution with three other people, kidnapping a woman and going on a road trip of sorts
    I will definitely be seeing the film though, I will try to remain optimistic lol hopefully they can pull it off

  • Billy Bob Throrton

    these pieces of sh*t owe more to Devil’s Rejects than Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  • REC03

    im really sick of prequels but these directors are amazing so im cautiously excited. still trying to find a US subtitled version of Among the Living though. when the hell is it going to come out?

    • Tom Evans

      i already have a copy , are you on facebook can send you link?

    • Tom Evans

      add me on facebook tom evans 🙂 oldbury

    • J Jett

      REC03, i love Inside and i mostly liked Livide….Among The Living was horrible IMO. i was so disappointed with it. almost every kill happens off screen (i guess they had no budget?), the editing (especially in the big showdown finale) is stunningly bad and the movie tries to be both an ET (Spielberg)-type kids adventure and a horror movie but it fails at both IMO.

      a very disappointing movie. i hope you end up liking it more than i did.

      • REC03

        damn. sucks to hear that. i don’t feel so bad on not seeing it now though. lol.

        • I have to disagree. Although the killings are offscreen (and so you won’t get as much gore as in Livide) the setup for each killing is really good: the directors really know how to give suspense in spades.
          I am really a horror fan but the gore is just an extra for me, I’m here for the atmosphere, settings and payoff.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m actually very excited to see this.

  • Koreans

    This is part two? based on true story??

  • Alanmac

    I’ll see it but I’m not holding out too much hope since Texas Chainsaw 3D was one of the WORST movies I’ve ever seen.

    • Sirius

      I agree – and I was disappointed, as I didn’t mind the remake and “The Beginning” was pretty nasty stuff. TC3D was absolute plastic junk.

      • Adam Paquette

        agreed

  • DeadInHell

    This is going to be the worst. The last fucking thing this genre needs is another prequel beating the dead horse that is the TCM franchise.

    How did we not learn our lesson with The Phantom Menace? Nobody wants to see classic, menacing villains as stupid little kids in shitty prequels.

    And does anyone find it a little strange and fairly dull that the plot is essentially a retread of The Devil’s Rejects, which itself was just Rob Zombie’s own white trash TCM ripoff?

  • Geno1987

    How many fucking prequels is this character going to get? What’s next, a prequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2?

  • TheSlitheryDee

    I’ll definitely give it a go.

  • Breno

    It can’t be worse than Texas Chainsaw..

  • Alex

    This movie has my interest. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  • Chris Destro Alexander

    I thought his thing was him living on that farm isolated from society and living with his fucked up family. It would explain him a lot better than a road trip movie where he gets picked on then turns into a killer. Having him in that isolated family environment for a long period of time would explain his rampage other than being picked on, angry kid. Myers and Vorhooes have already went that route. Whats wrong with someone just being fucked up or even a supernatural killer from hell? Everyone wants these killers to be sympathetic but whats wrong with them just being non stop killing machines?

    • concerned citizen

      What this guy says ^^

    • THGrimm

      I hear you. My only bit in support of this movie is it’s kind of cool thinking that Leatherface has mental disturbance, takes to the road, and is picked up by the Sawyers. That makes it neat in a way because he’s adopted into this evil family then from there he’s sucked in and develops the habits since he didn’t have firm support to begin with.

      • Chris Destro Alexander

        Him being kidnapped would work.

  • lib1

    Sound like it should be good. I have mixed feelings on the past 3 TCM movies. The 2004 revamp and 2006 prequel were decent. The same goes for the 3D film in 2013. I don’t think you can match much less surpass the the original film. That said, I’m confident that this film will be good and better than the aforementioned movies.

  • Derek Behrends

    I would of preferred another sequel and just see leatherface kill a new group of people, like the 2003 remake. Enough with these prequels.

  • dark knight fan

    I want to see Tobe Hooper, make a sequel to Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

  • N1ghtmar3Freak

    So stoked for this. Sure the TCM franchise is whack and all over the place, but I’ll take anything for another one. The 2013 one blew, but I have faith in this one. The plot sounds interesting and with the directors behind it, I’m sure they’ll take us back to the grittiness of the original flick. Hopefully we’ll get a trailer and release date soon!

  • Adam Paquette

    wait a minute…. the same douche bags that were responsible for 2013’s abomination of a film are returning for this one??? Fuck. Bring back Platinum Dunes, at least they put out 2 good flicks. That Texas Chainsaw 3D movie was a disaster. “Do your thing cuz!” GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK. Let’s all hope that the new Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween movies aren’t going be a gigantic waste of time like Texas Chainsaw 3D.

  • LaurenFreaky

    I really like the Texas Chainsaw films they freak me out so cant wait for this. Loved watching the last one in 3D as well. The first one (the original) is soo freaky but I saw the remale first so I prefer that one! Lauren.

    • brewers_rule

      I liked TD3D for the unbelievably awesome coming out party it was for Alexandra Daddario. She’s as likeable as she is easy on the eyes and it’s what made me seek out Burying The Ex which was awesome too.

      • LaurenFreaky

        Hi true the acting was gud so at least thats a gud point to the movie!

      • Halloween_Vic

        lol saw Burying the Ex on Netflix last week I liked it, and Alexandra is a great actress!! But that ”Do your thing cuz” line always makes me cringe!

  • Podovski

    Soooooooooooooooo…………….. this movie is attached to TCM only in name, right?
    I mean, this movie could be about anyone? More garbage.

    There better at least be people getting sliced to pieces by chainsaws the whole way through.

  • brewers_rule

    Not interested in this at all. Still scarred by Robb Zombie’s ‘we MUST know’ backstory to Michael Myers & it’s 3 hour long odyssey (or so it felt to me). I honestly don’t care nor WANT to know what made these classic, disturbed characters so evil. They just ARE. Let’s accept, enjoy, and build off that instead of turning horror into some college psychology term paper, por favor? Takes all the gut reaction out of it that’s so pivotal to good horror flicks, I think.

    • LaurenFreaky

      Thats so true if u get to know the back story to these evil characters then they r not as scary I didnt think of that!

    • Halloween_Vic

      Exactly!!! The back story shit needs to stop, it takes away the authenticity that makes our slashers scary!

    • Cliff

      I wholeheartedly agree! I never have understood the need to explain every little detail of why a person goes crazy…Some people just ARE! Like you said, it really takes away the mystery and scariness of each character! I’m just about ready for them to stop with the TCM movies altogether!

  • Peter Johnson

    This sounds like it’d be kind of like The Devil’s Rejects.

  • sweetooth0

    I am not really liking what is being done with this movie story wise so far, but I will give it a chance because Inside was so awesome.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Sware to god Leatherface better be slicing and chasing people with that chainsaw!! And I sware they better not have made him a teenager the whole film!!! I would be pissed man, just give me leatherface hacking and chasing some kids in a scary ass enviroment in texas and bammmmmm!!! MAGIC!!!! All this backstory crap is giving me a headache!! I just really want this film to be good and bad ass and NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING like the 2013 version!!! Bring back New Line and Platinum Dunes, they actually delivered 2 amazing TCM films, the remake was beyond amazing!!!

  • Mac Spoon

    So are they forgetting that there is a movie in the franchise already titled “Leatherface”? I for one actually liked the 2003 remake and 2006 prequel to the remake. Different family in those two as opposed to the Sawyer family in the original and 3D. I hated how 3D was supposed to be a direct sequel yet the timeline didn’t add up.

  • Dennis Portz

    In my opinion, this sounds awful.
    Part of the mythology should remain shrouded in mystery, it makes the character, to me atleast, all the more interesting.
    The prequel to the 2003 film was fine, but do we really need “Leatherface: The Teen Years”?
    So basically, we’re going to get a rambunctious little pre pubescent asshole in need of a good beat down?
    No thanks.

    We don’t always need to see The Wizard behind the curtain or find out how he got there.

    The producers nailed one thing:

    “Basically, we could define our movie as a naturalist, brutal and disillusioned road-movie, with a quite new narrative structure in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre universe…”

    …this whole project is disillusioned.

  • Sterling Clemens

    Ok. I’ve sat back long enough. I’m 25. And Horror is “MY” Life. I’ve been A Fan of Leatherface since I was 12. Let me Start with, The 2003 and the 2006 Platinum Dunes Films are both Horrible!!! Their without A Doubt, The Worst Entries in the series. The People that are going to Hate on this movie “Leatherface 2016.” Are the same People who Hated on Texas Chainsaw. And in “MY” Opinion, Texas Chainsaw 2013 is without A Doubt the Best Film in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise. An Amazing Cast!!! Alexandra Daddario is Breathtaking, and puts Jessica Biel to Utter Shame!!! Not to Mention, if You’re A True Fan. You’d know, that M Burns, Bill M, John Dugan, and Gunner Hansen came back for “Texas Chainsaw 2013.” The Filming Locations are Amazing. Smart move Filming it in Louisiana. Leatherface in the Marsh Lands. And I Love how Leatherface is Filmed in Showcase Lighting Throughout the Whole Film. You can tell the John Lessenhop. And the People of Lionsgate / Millennium, have Nothing but the Upmost Respect for the Franchise. You People Crack me up!!! All You do is Complain that Horror Movies keep Repeating Themselves. But when something New and Fresh comes along, all You do is Hate on it!!! Back to “Leatherface 2016.” If You’re gonna Hate on it, Don’t go see it!!! Although we All know that You will. I think that is Sounds Badass!!! A Road Trip Horror Flick with an Outstanding Cast!!! Not to Mention. That Leatherfaces Origin Involves A Mental Institution!!! Come on People!!! It’s about time we make Jedidiah an Anti Hero!!!

    • Halloween_Vic

      LOL now I know you’re definitely joking because you said Texas Chainsaw 2013 is the best in the TCM franchise lol

  • Sterling Clemens

    Number 1. Texas Chainsaw. Number 2. Next Generation. Number 3. LeatherFace. Number 4. The Original. Number 5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

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