There’s no question that “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is one of the most iconic horror-thrillers to come out of the mid 1970s, but Lionsgate is hoping that lasting interest in the villainous character will lure VOD users this Halloween.
The 90min screamfest was directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, working from a screenplay written by Seth M. Sherwood. The project was produced by Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Les Weldon; with Stephen Dorff taking the titular role in the film. Also featured in the film are Lily Taylor, Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, and Vanessa Grasse, and the film will first launch exclusively on DirecTV on September 21 before launching in limited-theaters and on-demand on October 20th.
The story will once again take place in Texas, but 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 sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, the Sawyer teen kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, Sawyer goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
An origin-story for Leatherface has some potential, and should give teens stuck at home over a cold October weekend something to watch with their friends. If it’s good it may expand to more theaters over the following weeks, if it’s bad, well it may end up on “How Did this Get Made?” or “Rifftrax” before the end of 2018. We will have to wait and see.
Since the film isn’t a nationwide release, it wasn’t included in our list of 7 Thrillers to Watch this Halloween, but you can add it to your list if you’re counting down until the holiday.