“Hey! Lick my plate!”
One of the biggest disappointments of 2017 (so far) was the cancellation of Friday the 13th Part 13 at Paramount, mere weeks before it was to begin filming. The sad news was recently counterbalanced with the announcement that Leatherface, a prequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is finally being released this October. It kind of balances things out, right? One 1980s icons filling a spot left empty by another?
Leatherface, written by Seth Sherwood, focuses on our favorite chainsaw wielder’s teenage years, and creates a new continuity; this particular timeline includes the original Chainsaw along with Texas Chainsaw 3D, but none of the other sequels or remakes. In a recent interview with iHorror, Sherwood described how he’d love to reintroduce Chop-Top (played by Bill Moseley in Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2) by featuring the character in his own movie.
Personally, I think Leatherface has had the spotlight for a long time. He was the one with the chainsaw, so he took center stage. But honestly, the family is full of lovable weirdos, freaks, and sickos, any one of which could carry a movie. If the opportunity arose, I’d love to work Chop-Top into the current continuity. Who doesn’t love Chop-Top? I know I’m not the only person that would see a movie about Grandpa Sawyer. He started the family on their path, what was he like as a young man?
A Chop-Top film, as part of an official TCM canon or even a standalone, sounds like an incredible idea! Of course, a lot is riding on how well Leatherface performs at the box office; if it flops, chances are the franchise will go back into hibernation.
Speaking of Leatherface, we still don’t have a trailer, but you can read the Official Synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Prequel about teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.
Leatherface is directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury; the film stars Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, and Nicole Andrews.
“Dog will hunt!”