Cert: 18 Runtime: 90 mins Director: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury Cast: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, James Bloor, Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, Vanessa Grasse and Finn Jones
No matter where you’re going it’s the wrong place.
Probably the most quiet release of any Texas Chainsaw film is Leatherface. It debuted at Fright Fest 2017 and it’s released on VOD. Why would Lionsgate do this? Most horror fans would jump to the cinema with even a murmur of a new Texas Chainsaw film. After the financial success of Texas Chainsaw 3D, plans were ahead for a new instalment. But after some jitters we have a prequel that leads to the original 1974 classic. So what is Leatherface about? 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 Leatherface.
The lack of jump-scares helps Leatherface so much,the concept itself is terrifying enough. That’s not to say that there aren’t jump-scares (there are but they’re few and far between) but for the most part the horror comes from visuals and just the pure thought of what is actually happening. The characters for a horror movie are exceptionally strong. I really cared about the fate of the good characters and the bad characters were both memorable and genuinely disturbing. This is a very well put together script. It shows patience, and at the same time the pacing feels exceptionally fast. It’s in no race to tell its story. This definitely has the original TCM vibe in it. The colours, cinematography. While it lacks the gore, it’s still a solid movie showing how it all started. Probably the biggest flaw is that it lacks the silent tension the original had.