My Family’s Always Been In Meat
Horror fans were given a right old treat on Monday when the first red brand trailer for the highly anticipated prequel to the popular 1974 horror The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface exclusively premiered on the YouTube channel BD Horror Trailers and Clips.
After being left to the side for two long years, Leatherface – which is being spearheaded by Lionsgate and Millennium Films – was finally given an impressive trailer that almost makes up for such a long waiting period.
Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Leatherface is essentially an origins story, and depicts the events which take place in the title character’s life prior to the happenings seen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film focuses on a teenage version of Leatherface, who has just escaped from a mental institution with three other inmates and a kidnapped nurse, for flare. While venturing on a sadistic and gruesome road trip, the group is hunted down by a maniacal law enforcer (Stephen Dorff) who is driven by revenge and grief due to the fact that Leatherface killed the sheriff’s daughter 10 years previously.
It’s the first glimpse fans have gotten of the prequel since the release of images in June. As of now very little of this plot is exposed. Instead, there’s a definite focus on creating a specific tone for the film. An attempt to paint Leatherface as a unique and fresh addition to the oversaturated horror film genre.
I have to admit, the trailer actually achieves this to some extent. The 1950’s soundtrack, scenes of Leatherface getting his first chainsaw, skinning his first ever victim and applying lipstick to his err… new face all paint a bizarre picture of a film which seems interesting to say the least.
We’ll just have to wait to see the film ourselves before confirming our judgement. For now though Leatherface does seem promising.
Leatherface is set to hit selected cinemas and become available on VOD starting October 20th. Are you a fan of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise? Do you think a prequel is well over due, or just overkill at this stage? Comment below and tell us what you think!