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 revenge. The 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…”