Yesterday, we ran an excerpt of an interview with the writer of 2017’s Leatherface; Seth Sherwood stated, among other things, that he’d like to make another Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, one that changes the focus to another member of the Sawyer clan, specifically Chop-Top (played by Bill Moseley) in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (helmed by original director Tobe Hooper, released in 1986). If you’re thinking “That sounds like a great idea!” you wouldn’t be the first. In fact, there already is a Chop-Top feature film. If you’ve never heard of it, there’s a very logical explanation: It was never released!
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All American Massacre was the brainchild of Tobe Hooper’s son William, who realized Moseley’s Chop-Top was a wellspring of potential terror. A 15-minute short film was expanded into an hour-long feature that served as both a prequel and a sequel to the original Chainsaw Massacre. The project was even scored by former Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Buckethead and slated for theatrical release in 1998.
The plot featured a journalist interviewing Chop-Top after he’s been apprehended for his part in the infamous chainsaw rampage. It includes flashbacks that included other members of his cannibal clan (presumably Leatherface and Grampa at least). While All American Massacre remains unreleased (and therefore highly coveted by Chainsaw fan) the Official Trailer can still be found on YouTube (below). Rumors swirl that complete versions of the film can be found through less legal sources, but the quality of those bootlegs is notoriously poor.
As for why All American Massacre never hit big (or small) screens, it’s anyone’s guess. The info on Wikipedia is scarce, as is a related item on ScreenRant.com that informed this article. A friend says the studio who owned the film rights at the time was afraid it would tarnish the franchise, but considering Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation exists, that excuse hard to believe! It’s well loved, but let’s be real: Texas Chainsaw Massacre has always had a bloody awful reputation—and fans wouldn’t have it any other way!