“We were presented with an opportunity to reinvent the franchise.”
The origin story of a horror icon will be explored in Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s Leatherface, a prequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre that’ll be slicing its way into our lives beginning next month.
While we wait, you’ll find a 5-minute behind the scenes video featurette below.
Our own Benedict Seal wrote in his review that Leatherface is “a graceful gut punch,” adding that it “manages to make the Sawyers skin-crawling again.”
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, Stephen Dorff and The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor also star.
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.”
The film will get 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.