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Meet Leatherface’s Mother in New Clip from Prequel ‘Leatherface’

As you might imagine, Leatherface’s mom isn’t exactly a nice person.

Taking place years before the events of both Texas Chainsaw 3D and the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Leatherface dives deep into the troubled family life that turned a young Leatherface into a brutal monster. We get up close and personal with Verna Carson Sawyer in the film, the big guy’s mother.

In this exclusive clip from Yahoo, Texas Ranger Hal Hartman (Stephen Dorff) comes face to face with Mrs. Sawyer (Lili Taylor) early in the movie, kick-starting the events that shape her son into what he was perhaps always destined to be.

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. Vanessa Grasse also stars

Here’s the official synopsis for the film, penned by Seth M. Sherwood…

“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 gets 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.



  • Bart Crowe

    Wow they aren’t even bothering with a theatrical release? I thought the last TCM did okay theatrically despite being terrible. Hopefully I’m wrong and it’s the rare gem like a Curse of Chucky or a Wrong Turn 2.

    • Laura Kinney (X-23)

      Limited theatrical release is Oct 27.

      • Bart Crowe

        Curse of Chucky did the same thing but it’s still pretty much direct-to-streaming. Most DTV and DTS usually play in theaters for a “limited theatrical release” too.

        • Laura Kinney (X-23)

          Studios are losing faith in the Horror genre. Mind you, they’re so lame ‘naw. All CGI’d up and cheap looking. And yes, Curse of Chucky is great!! I wish it got a wide release!! Well, Curse and Cult!!

          But with the horror genre in decline… how many ghost/possession movies do we fucking need?! They’re pretty much all the same!!

          • Bart Crowe

            I think things will change given the success of IT.

          • Laura Kinney (X-23)

            I hope so. I REALLY hope so. Horror is my favorite genre!! Gonna go & see IT next week!! I can’t wait!!

      • ItalianBadAss37

        Millennium and Lionsgate were planning a theatrical release. Seth Sherwood leaked the script online earlier this year so it kind of ruined everything in a sense.

  • dukeblues

    This looks way better than 3D was. It looks way better than “It” was frankly. Looking forward to it

  • I can’t wait to watch the movie, I bet the kidnapped nurse will be leatherface.

    • MODOK

      I’m worried about it. It seems the lasting impression of Rob Zombie’s Halloween was how dumb it was to show Michael Myers’ troubled childhood. I don’t see how Leatherface’s origin turns out any different.

      What makes characters like Myers or Leatherface so menacing is that you don’t know much about them. They’re just evil forces of nature that have little to no backstory or explanation for their actions. You can’t reason with them, because you don’t know what the hell they are.

      Once we learn that Leatherface was once a poor rural kid with bad parents (or whatever), it’ll be harder to look at him the same way.

      • I agree with you Modok! However, in my opinion, it’s better have another movie than nothing 🙂

      • What was mysterious about him in the original? We knew about his family life, we knew why he wore the masks (from statements by Gunnar Hansen and Tobe Hooper), we know that he killed for his family and because he was scared, we know he was an isolated mentally disabled killer (which the new film retcons), ETC.

        The whole “he’s scary because he’s mysterious” thing might hold true (to an extent) for Michael Myers, but Leatherface was never that mysterious to begin with.

      • According to Gunnar Hansen (and this was all seen in the film), “Well, in a way, there is nothing behind the mask. That, I think, is why he is such a frightening character, at least in the first film. The reason he wore a mask, according to Tobe and Kim, was that the mask really determined his personality. Who he wanted to be that day determined what mask he put on. So, when the Cook comes home, with Sally, Leatherface is wearing the “Old Lady” mask and his wearing an apron and carrying a wooden spoon; he wants to be domestic, helpful in the kitchen. At dinner he wears a different face — the “Pretty Woman,” which has make up. Behind the mask, really, Leatherface was very simple — he killed anything that came along, he obeyed his brothers, he loved his Grandpa. He was frightening, because whatever was behind the mask was not discoverable by the audience.” Meaning he has no personality underneath the mask.

        We see his family life in the film, we see that he’s clearly afraid of both his family and his victims, we know why he kills, we know why he wears the mask, ETC, all from the original film. So, when was Leatherface ever “mysterious”? This isn’t like Michael Myers in Halloween, where you barely see or learn anything about him other than what comes from Sam Loomis.

        I have to call B.S. on the “What makes characters like Myers or Leatherface so menacing is that you don’t know much about them” statement. Leatherface isn’t Michael Myers, and saying he’s ‘mysterious’ is a bit much considering we’ve known his motives, psychology, ETC, since the first film.

        • MODOK

          A lot of what we know about Leatherface has been filled in after the fact by interviews, sequels, etc. I don’t think someone watching the original for the first time would definitely “know” that stuff.

          Nonetheless, I’m not just talking about a character being a complete blank slate as an adult, with no defining traits or shred of backstory whatsoever. Obviously, we know Freddy was a child killer, we know Jason drowned in a lake, we know Michael killed his sister, etc.

          What I’m talking about is going back and filling in every detail that was left vague, cryptic or only hinted at. Instead of your imagination filling in the rest of the backstory, you have a (usually inferior) prequel telling you exactly what happened. It de-mystifies the character to be walked through their childhood history like that.

          Most importantly,, it’s not like this kind of movie is even an earnest enterprise. It’s a cash grab because they want to keep the franchise going but don’t think they can make the 37th sequel profitable. So instead, let’s talk about the killer as a troubled kid!

          • The character’s backstory was the only thing left to the imagination, though. In terms of watching the original, anyone who is paying attention can see that he is scared of his family and his victims, that he is mentally disabled, that his family has control over him, that his mask changes in specific situations (though the sequels have ignored that), ETC.

            Anyways, it’s best not to think of the new film as the “real” origin to the first film. For instance, Tobe Hooper has stated that Leatherface is intellectually impaired as a result of two generations of inbreeding. In the new Leatherface, he’s not even disabled. He’s just a regular guy that becomes a monster due to trauma.

    • ItalianBadAss37

      Jed kills the nurse at the end and uses her face for the Pretty Woman flesh mask.

      • Max Schreck

        We get it. You read the leaked script. You don’t have to spoil things for people.

    • Tony Harley

      The fact that both of her cameos after the original film are of her laying down is so bad ass lol

    • Laura Kinney (X-23)
    • Max Schreck

      In Tobe Hooper and Bill Moseley’s words Drayton is the older brother. Unless this new film changes that by coming straight out and saying Drayton is their father.

      • Nope. That was only in the original sequel timeline. Leatherface is canon to the 1974 film and Texas Chainsaw 3D, where Drayton is his father.

  • Laura Kinney (X-23)

    Fucking clip don’t work.

    • We were supposed to root for them in the abysmal Texas Chainsaw 3D. In this one, I think he’s the protagonist simply because it’s his origin story and because he’s not a mass murderer yet.

      • Laura Kinney (X-23)

        Heh heh, yeah, I thought so. I rooted for Heather in 3D. But not anymore.

        Now knowing that Jed (most likely) murdered Burt Hartman’s father Sheriff Hal (and his sister Betty Hartman at the beginning of Leatherface.) Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s Drayton who kills her, according to the script.

        • ItalianBadAss37

          In the script, Betty Hartman follows Jed into the barn and falls into a pit. Overhead, there is an old tractor engine that is held up by pulley system. Drayton then makes a young Loretta release the system which comes crashing down on Betty. In the film, it’s Drayton is the one that releases the engine that drops on her.

    • ItalianBadAss37

      He get’s split in half inside the Sawyer house.

    • J Jett

      Laura Kinney, YES! i agree w/ you 100%. in fact i said nearly the exact same thing you said here! in no way is the Sheriff the antagonist. i wish he’d come out on top at the end of the movie but this being a prequel…of course he won’t.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Lili Taylor might be the only reason I watch this. Also, “Hartman” has to be a nod to R. Lee Ermey’s involvement in the remake/prequel.

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        Right. Again, I’d bet it’s an homage to Ermey.

    • ItalianBadAss37

      Her character is only in the first 20 minutes and the final act.

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        That’s cool.

        • ItalianBadAss37

          Actually I watched the movie so fuck off!

          • Flu-Like Symptoms

            Fucking off commencing in 3…. 2….. 1…….

          • Flu-Like Symptoms

            Eh, your mom’s spaghetti isn’t doing it for me. Good luck with all the badness and such.

    • Max Schreck

      Not a nod to Ermey’s character at all. Hartman is more of a nod to Lefty Enright played by Dennis Hopper in Part Two. Screenwriter’s words. The Lawman chasing the Sawyer clan who killed one of his own.

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        Right, but he’s the supposed father of another authority figure named Hartman from 3D, the very next movie after Ermey’s two. I don’t think it’s a stretch at all that the characters’ family name could be a subtle nod to him.

  • SutterKane

    Great, another horror icon gets a shiny new disposable back story that will be disregarded as soon as this thing flops and the studio goes back to the drawing board trying to figure out yet another way to milk this character for a few more cents.


    • Laura Kinney (X-23)

      Well don’t see it then. Save your money for another cookie cutter ghost/possession movie. (There’s plenty of those to choose from.)

  • Donte FusroDah Dillon

    Wait, so I have to have DirecTV to watch this tomorrow?? 🙁

    • ItalianBadAss37

      Unfortunately. I’m sure it will turn up online though.

      • Laura Kinney (X-23)

        Oh, I’m counting on that. Fuck waiting for the end of October!!

      • Bloodspatta

        It’ll turn up online for sure. Everything does.

  • Laura Kinney (X-23)

    I seriously cannot wait for this!! I’m so tired of all those PG-13 ghost/possession films, or horribly overrated ones like Get Out. I want a good ol’ fashion slasher, a road/revenge flick like The Devil’s Rejects!! I want a brutal, nihilistic movie that doesn’t repeat the same formula from the original TCM film (like all the sequels to the original film, with the exception of the AWESOME part 2!!). I’m glad they’re doing something new with it!!

    Rob Zombie’s Halloween meets The Devils Rejects with a Texas Chainsaw Massacre topping!! What could be better?? And don’t tell me Get Out 2.

  • Necro

    Tomorrow! Can’t wait!

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