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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel ‘Leatherface’ Finally Dated for Release?


Witness the beginning of your end.

More than the other big horror series’, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has headed down some pretty unexpected paths over the years. In the wake of three follow-ups to the original classic, we got a remake, a prequel to the remake, and then a sequel to the original. Up next, a prequel to the original film explores the teenage years of the chainsaw-wielding maniac.

According to IMDb, the Seth M. Sherwood-penned Leatherface is slated for release on January 2, 2017 (although that’s a Monday), though we’re still waiting on the official confirmation of that. If the date is accurate, that surely must mean that we’ll be seeing the long-awaited trailer very soon. At the time of writing this post, we haven’t even seen a teaser, which is odd considering how long ago filming wrapped.

*UPDATE: We have just confirmed that this date is not correct. Stay tuned.*

The current incarnation of Leatherface is rated R “for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality/nudity.” Millennium Films is listed as distributor, although Lionsgate had originally been set to release the film. No word on where this stands.

In Leatherface, Jessica Madsen plays one of four inmates (Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, James Bloor) who escape from a mental hospital. One of them becomes the title character and iconic slasher. The quartet kidnap a young nurse (played by Vanessa Grasse) and take 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 plays Mother Sawyer.

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…




  • Francesco Falciani

    it’s possible and i bet will be limited…and on VOD the very same day. i’ve heard only bad words about it.

    • Andrew Thompson

      This. If it hits theaters, it’ll be there through Lionsgate Premiere for sure, if that.

    • J Jett

      Francesco, i agree w/ you. it will be a VOD release and tbh a VOD release for sure.

  • Samhainix

    Kinda disappointed if this is true. This only gives marketing less than two months to promote it and there’s no current hype for it. Sure it’ll make some money off the name but probably not enough to keep the franchise going.

    • theundead

      It’s not coming out in January the date is wrong

  • Matt

    I’m one of the few who want to see this. I believe in actually seeing a movie before declaring how bad it is.

    • Simon Allen

      I really want to see it too Matt so u ain’t alone bud . 🙂

  • Still never got to see ‘Among the Living’ 🙁

    • J Jett

      Borgman, unfortunately you aren’t missing anything. that movie was such a disappointment. i keep forgetting this TCM movie is from Maury & Baustillo!

      • Really? Damn that’s disappointing to hear. So what was the ‘monster’ or ‘creature’ from the trailer? That was like all pale and naked?! And how was the gore?

  • Braker

    A Monday? Doubtful.

  • Simon Allen

    They always release a horror movie right after xmas …so this could have that slot .
    I’m curious to see it because i like the directors previous work but i am gonna miss i fully grown Leatherface lumbering about waving his chainsaw.

    • J Jett

      i can’t wait for both RES EVIL 6 and UNDERWORLD 5 in January! 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        I likes Underworld 1, 2 and 3 but thought the last one was so shallow after the complex stories weaving through the others.
        We are getting the new one in the UK on the 24th of November and you guys get it on Jan 5th ….A rare occurrence of the UK getting a movie first !!
        I find the Resident Evil movies a bit hit and miss but i really liked the last one ….you get the new one Jan 27th …..we don’t get it till a month later !!!

        • theundead

          There you are simon

  • tbaio

    Awesome poster; awesome concept. Looking forward to this. It would be great to see this in natively-shot 3-D like the last movie, but it’ll be all good regardless.

  • Why are them afraid of release the movie? It’s that so bad?

    • OmarComin’

      Vote for Pedro.

  • J Jett

    i wonder if Leatherface will die in this one…………………………..oh yeah. it’s a prequel.

    • Saturn

      It would be a shock if he did though – and that the one in the original was a copycat killer!

  • OmarComin’

    And of course Leatherface is played by some unknown, shitty British actor just like every other plum role in Hollywood these days.

    • theundead

      And you are whining

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    As a big Leatherface fan I couldn’t be less excited about this.

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  • RKSDooM

    Actually, there weren’t three follow-ups to the original. There was TCM 2 and TCM 3, then the terrible reboot film TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION, then the 2003 remake, then the prequel to the 2003 remake, then the direct sequel to the original TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D.

    And now we have this prequel to the original coming. If the HALLOWEEN franchise didn’t exist the Chainsaw series would definitely have the twistiest continuity,

  • Alanmac

    Looking for an early 2017 release and no teaser yet? Holy cow is it possible that this can be worse than Chainsaw 3D? I didn’t think that was even possible! Oh well, trailer or no trailer, I’ll still go see it.

  • JP Andrika

    For fuck’s sake. Just release it already…. I get that funding, filming and releasing a movie can be hell. But this is past the point of being ridiculous.

    “Chainsaw 3d” was passable minus the ending and other issues. Certainly not a masterpiece and it got released.

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