Besides Sally (played by Marilyn Burns) the most notable survivor of Leatherface and the Sawyer clan of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame is Vanita “Stretch” Brock, the disc jockey played by Caroline Williams in Part 2 (released in 1988). If you’ve ever wondered what became of William’s character, you’re not alone; the topic came during her interview last night on Dread Central’s Brainwaves podcast.
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Stretch actually had a brief cameo as a news reporter in Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, still on the trail of Leatherface and crew. After that, however, she vanished—or did she?
Williams: “[With the exception of Part III] none of the other people associated with the Chainsaw films have ever approached me. Nor have they recreated Stretch. Part of it is because Sony owns the film, the characters, and their names, so they cannot be used without paying a hefty sum to the studio. Sony has been unwilling to release them, but that has provided me, in a way, with a marvelous insurance policy. I will always be Stretch… on the screen and to the fans.”
So how did Stretch become Amanda Perlman in Hatchet III?
Williams: It took Adam Green and his character of [news reporter] Amanda Perlman to bring her fully forward. [In Hatchet III] you got to see Stretch, now known as Amanda Perlman, pursuing the Victor Crowley legend, and that’s the way I played that character. BJ McDonnell [director of Hatchet III] told me, ‘She’s Stretch. That’s what we’re doing here.’ I played the character of Amanda precisely as she would be. Stretch grew up, she changed her name, she married a law enforcement guy played by Zach Galligan, and she split [from him] because she’s a woman who is obsessed with pursuing these legends… these myths, which in her mind are NOT myths.”
While Stretch may have met her demise in Hatchet III, the legend will continue when Victor Crowley (aka Hatchet IV) hits participating theaters this fall as part of a DIY road-tour. The first tour dates have been announced; see if the film is making a stop in your town on the schedule below. After that, peep the trailer and synopsis. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: In 2007, forty-nine people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong’s claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.
Adam Green wrote and directed Victor Crowley, which stars Kane Hodder, Dave Sheridan, and Brian Quinn.