Those of us who don’t have DirecTV are still waiting to see Leatherface, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel helmed by French fear practitioners Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside). While it premiered there exclusively on September 21st, the rest of us will have to wait until October 20th for Leatherface to arrive on VOD at large.
It’s the perfect time for us to bone up on our Leatherface trivia, and like we so often do, we turn to our favorite Aussie film critic Mark Bishop. His explorations of our favorite genre offerings are both insightful and hysterical, filled with juicy trivia and witticisms. And just get a load of his accent! Hey, Mate, it’s pronounced “Lea-THER-face” not “LEF-ver-face”!
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Give 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Leatherface a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Which facts did you find most interesting or illuminating? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the 10 things you probably don’t know are listed and briefly summarized below the video; this article ends with the original theatrical trailer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the trailer and synopsis for Leatherface, hitting VOD on October 20th. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Cross this guy in the dry landscapes of Texas and he will slice you up with his chainsaw. Let’s look into 10 things you MIGHT not know about this terrifying brutal movie killer
Gunnar Hansen was integral in the creation of Leatherface; though the character was created by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, the director allowed Hansen to develop aspects of his personality. It was Hansen’s idea to make Leatherface mute and mentally challenged.
Leatherface and Jason Voorhees have many major similarities; they’re both faceless and mute, and both are driven to kill by the urging of relatives. Kane Hodder, the actor best associated with Voorhees on screen also played Leatherface during the stunts in TCM 3.
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was almost titled Headcheese.
Dolph Lundgren almost played Leatherface in the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake.
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre house is now a restaurant.
Leatherface could be defeated by a wheelchair in the TCM video game released by Atari in 1982.
Leatherface’s real name has never been firmly established. He’s been referred to as Tom and Jedediah, and his last name has changed from Sawyer to Hewitt. Best we just refer to him as “Bubba”!
While many horror villains claim inspiration from real-life cannibal Ed Gein, Leatherface and his house are the most historically accurate (although there are still major differences).
Leatherface has a daughter in TCM 3; she’s only referred to as “Little Girl Sawyer”.
Tobe Hooper claims Leatherface is meant as a metaphor for the Vietnam War; it reflects what he perceived as an overall decline in humanity in the 1970s.
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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.
Official Synopsis: 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.