The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an odd little franchise. There were a few sequels in the original “series” before things got a little wacky, continuity-wise. It all started with Platinum Dune’s 2003 remake, which had it’s own prequel, aptly titled The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006. Then, a few years later, Lionsgate released the “true” (HA) sequel to the original film, titled Texas Chainsaw 3D. The film absolutely sucked, and rightfully sunk like a stone after gathering a solid $21 million in it’s first weekend.
Then, all went quiet for a while, leading many to think the franchise would be put to rest for the time being. And, even though I’d heard rumbles that Lionsgate/Millennium Films were trying to get a Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 off the ground (this fucking continuity…), I didn’t see anything credible to make me actually believe these rumors. Guess there was a reason why I haven’t heard anything, as apparently they did end up making a new installment a few years ago, and it’s a prequel called Leatherface – it’s just been stuck trying to find the right distribution since then.
But I guess that problem has been solved, as one of the films producers, Christa Campbell, announced that the film will be coming this October. Here’s the announcement below.
— christa campbell (@christacampbell) May 13, 2017
So, I guess I’m glad that the filmmakers will finally be able to release the film they’ve finished over two years ago. I just hope that it’s worth the wait, because when looking up information on this prequel, there were rumors that the directing duo behind the film, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, might have been locked out of the editing room and that those duties have given to the producers. I usually wouldn’t believe these rumors too much, but then again, I didn’t believe the rumors that they were actually making another film in this series, so who knows at this point.
That being said, the premise for this film sounds like an intriguing twist on the story. The premise is as follows: Four teenage inmates, one of which will become the titular character, escape a mental hospital and kidnap a young nurse along the way – taking her on a road trip from hell. Sounds very similar to The Devil’s Rejects if you ask me, which can either be a good thing or a very, very bad thing (I hate that film).
We’ll find out if Leatherface was worth the wait when it arrives in theaters(?) this October.