Am I the only one who has “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” playing in her head every time I see the title of this movie? With full orchestration and five-part harmony. Just me? Fine. But any way you slice it (PUN CROSSING), the new poster for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre “prequel” Leatherface has a nice Maniac feel to it.
Since Rob Zombie did a pretty cool job with looking into Michael Meyers’ backstory with his Halloween — say what you want about shifting around canon, his series does well as its own thang — I’m going to give relative newbie directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury the benefit of the doubt. Here’s the synopsis, which actually sounds promising:
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.
This film obviously knows how to grab good leads, with Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff as headliners. As nobody is listed as Leatherface (yet), it may be a wait-and-see as to who’ll come out wearing the meat mask. I hope so; that sense of unknown will help drive the spooky. Otherwise this could shift from an all-out horrorfest to a “Bad Guy Chasing Badder Guys” film. I’m hoping for the former, expecting the latter, and crossing my fingers that Leatherface will fall somewhere in-between.
Leatherface breaks loose in 2016.