When the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface arrives on Blu-ray/DVD & VOD this fall, we’ll learn exactly how the titular slasher developed a taste for human flesh. The film directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury will be an origin story, one that will introduce us to our favorite chainsaw wielder as a pre-teen. Leatherface stars Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, and Lili Taylor; have a look-see at the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
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As we wait on pins and needles for Leatherface to arrive on October 20th, it seemed the perfect time to pay tribute to some other classic cannibal in horror movies. Enter our friends at WatchMojo, purveyors of high-quality video lists and essays, many featuring topics that are right up our alley. For example: The Top 10 Cannibals in Scary Movies!
Give it a watch below and let us know what you think in the Comments section! If you can’t stream, I’ve listed the 10 slashers below the video, along with info on the films they’re featured in. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: It’s one thing to have a murder in a movie, but one who consumes the flesh of its victims is a something wholesomely unnerving to all audiences! WatchMojo presents the top 10 Scariest Cannibals in Movies! But which human eaters will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the Ya̧nomamö & the Shamatari Tribes of “Cannibal Holocaust”, Hannibal Lecter of “The Silence of the Lambs” and more, or Leatherface himself from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”! Watch to find out!
F.W. Culghoun (Robert Carlyle) from Ravenous (1999, Directed by Antonia Bird)
Official Synopsis: Upon receiving reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier, Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) investigates. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman, F.W. Colghoun (Robert Carlyle), who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide — a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue. Fearing the worst, the regiment heads out into the wilderness to verify Colghoun’s gruesome claims.
Ruby, Gigi, and Sarah (Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, and Abbey Lee) from The Neon Demon (2016, Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn)
Official Synopsis: Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.
Nick & Lily Laemle (Randy Quaid & Mary Beth Hurt) from Parents (1989, Directed by Bob Balaban)
Official Synopsis: Ten-year-old Michael Laemle (Bryan Madorsky) senses that something is not quite right with his family. Sure, his mother, Lily (Mary Beth Hurt), is the perfect 1950s housewife, and they have a comfortable life in the suburbs, where his dad, Nick (Randy Quaid), works at a mortuary. But what’s with the enormous cuts of meat that his father brings home every night? What, or whom, do they come from? Michael takes his concerns to a school counselor (Sandy Dennis) who decides to come over for dinner.
Klaus Wortmann (George Eastman) from Antropophagus (1981, Directed by Joe D’Amato)
Official Synopsis: A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town’s former residents.
Sol (Craig Conway) from Doomsday (2008, Directed by Neil Marshall)
Official Synopsis: When the first outbreak of the Reaper virus hit Scotland, Eden Sinclair was one of the last to escape containment and had to leave her mother behind. Twenty-five years later, Maj. Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) leads a team back into the hot zone to find a counteragent to the virus, which has re-emerged in London. She and her comrades wage a desperate battle for survival against feral survivors, as they try to prevent it from ushering in a new dark age.
Three Fingers (Julian Richings) from the Wrong Turn (2003, Directed by Rob Schmidt)
Official Synopsis: Friends Jessie (Eliza Dushku) and Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui) are traveling with pals Scott (Jeremy Sisto), Evan (Kevin Zegers) and Francine (Lindy Booth) when they have car trouble in West Virginia. Moments later, motorist Chris (Desmond Harrington) crashes into their disabled vehicle. Stranded, the friends discover that they’re being stalked by a horde of backwoods cannibals. The woodsmen are hungry and fierce, and they’ll be eating well unless Jessie and pals can outsmart them.
The Mutants/Hill People (Various Actors) from The Hills Have Eyes (1977, Directed by Wes Craven)
Official Synopsis: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
The Indigenous Tribes (Various Actors) in Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Directed by Ruggero Deodato)
Official Synopsis: A professor (Francesca Ciardi) finds the remains of a film crew in the Amazon and brings the camera footage back to America.
Leatherface (Gunnar Hanse) from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Directed by Tobe Hooper)
Official Synopsis: When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) from Silence of the Lambs (1991, Directed by Jonathan Demme)
Official Synopsis: Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI’s training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.