Horror / Thriller
Horror / Thriller
A violent teen and three others kidnap a young nurse while escaping from a Texas mental institution. Pursued by a vengeful sheriff, the disturbed young man embarks on a murderous rampage that shapes him into a legendary killer known as Leather face.
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December 09, 2017 at 10:09 AM
Dull and underwhelming, not directly bad, just barely OK.
This movie in itself is not exactly bad. It looks alright, has some OK
gore, decent acting for the most part, some slightly interesting
characters. It doesn't suck. But as a origin story to one of horror's
biggest icons? Eeeh, yeah. It's not great.
Actually, right off the bat the biggest problem with this movie strikes
me. When you're making an origin story to such a famous character, you
should make sure that the story you make up and make into a movie is
really awesome. Unfortunately, it's not. We see Leatherface's family
and stuff, and it's just meh. The opening scene is just not very
interesting. What follows though, isn't bad. They have some kind of
story to tell here, not relying too much on TCM- lore, and I thought it
was somewhat entertaining.
You wouldn't have to cut a lot here to make this movie totally
unrecognizable as a Leaterface origin-story, though. That's a shame.
And it's also pretty tame, I'm sorry to say. Actually really tame. Like
I said initially, the origin story to such a gruesome character should
really be a lot more horrific, gruesome and ghastly. It's not. It's
pretty watered down. I think the die hard fans of Leatherface will be
disappointed with this. But who knows, I may be wrong.
A prequel that doesn't hold much value! [+33%]
When the directors of 2007's gore-spectacle 'Inside' (Alexandre
Bustillo & Julien Maury) took over the reins of a supposed prequel to
1974's Tobe Hooper classic 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', expectations
had indeed sky-rocketed. But what we get isn't even worthy of being
called a tribute to the TCM franchise, let alone be regarded as its
worthy canon prequel.
The screenplay offers very little in terms of the surprises it throws
at the viewers (and TCM fans), thereby ending up strictly ho-hum. We
see a bunch of eccentrics creating a riot at a mental health facility
and escaping, with tidbits of the Sawyer family thrown in to engage the
viewer. In fact, the makers are trying to sell this movie around the
mystery of which character amongst the the leads ultimately evolves
into 'Leatherface'. Well, much to our dismay, even this stretch appears
annoyingly contrived (and to be honest, the poster kinda spoils it
What we're subjected to for most part, is literally a lunatic couple
shotgun-killing their way to notoriety on their supposed escape (even
the big chainsaw-kill comes in too late) with a helpless nurse named
Lizzy (Vanessa Grasse) who has unnecessarily been dragged along with
them while also being accompanied by a duo of brothers (the somewhat
compassionate Jackson and the bulky Bud). Lizzy is the character we're
supposed to root for, but sadly this does not work. We know as little
about her as we know about the rest of the zany troupe.
The directors who're known to stage horrifically-exciting set- pieces,
resort to cheap tricks here (like a partial necro scene) in order to
augment the shock-value. The shot of a woman's derriere walking into a
barn surrounded by badlands (during one of the opening segments,
clearly reminding us of previous TCM films including the Michael Bay
funded remake) had just about raised my hopes a teeny weeny bit before
everything came crashing down.
With no real thunderbolts in store for fans or non-fans, this prequel
falls head first into a pit of quick-sand, the real difference-maker in
the story being the weapons (shotguns, knives) that the characters
possess and not their personalities. You're bound to forget this movie
as soon as the credits roll.
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Useless movie but very good lots of gore
This movie could not have been made and it would not have made any
difference honest, it brings absolutely nothing new to the Texas
Its far better then the last 2, i was very surprised at the graphic
violence and the gore, this is the most gory TCM of the series.
Now i don't know who writes these movies but they should get there act
together, Leather face went from wearing human skin mask because of
2003 skin disease, 1974 he was mental and now 2017 because he got
disfigured by a bullet......
Also where was the family cop that we see in all the movies? they sort
of edited him out, and last but not least the family always changes
with new member so its kind of weird from one movie to the other.
This movie should be seen as pure entertainment if you like gore and
graphic violence this as it all the people in this movie are all sick
and as expected no one survives and the justice is never truly seen.