When it was announced that Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury were directing a prequel to 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Lionsgate knew that there was only one period in 2017 that would suit the occasion. Well, they have delivered. According to Entertainment Weekly, this year's feature Leatherface will drop in October. Just in time for the Halloween period when horror flicks thrive.
Studio's know that the release dates have to fall in sync with the genre that is specific to that picture. For family movies, the holidays in Easter, summer and Christmas are ripe for the box office picking. But when a fresh slasher installment comes off the production line, October is the time to do it.
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Producer Christa Campbell made the announcement on social media, but not in any old boring fashion. Alongside the news was an image of what is believed to be a child version of Leatherface. Standing in a cornfield with the words "Fold Me" written in red on his back - most likely blood of course.
"To all our leatherface fans out there," posted Campbell. "The movie will be released in October #texaschainsaw @latigrobman #LEATHERFACE."
With 7 films and counting in the series that was born 43 years ago, the majority of Texas Chainsaw Massacre installments have delivered the goods on the scare front. Unlike other horror compatriots like Freddy Kruger, Jason or Michael Myers, Leatherface is often seen in broad daylight wielding his chainsaw. As he is covered in a mask of human flesh.
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As the official film synopsis reveals, the cold-blooded murderer was kept under lock and key in an institution until he was set free. The Conjuring star Lili Taylor (Verna Sawyer) will star with Stephen Dorff (Texas Ranger Hal Hartman). Although Lionsgate is keeping quiet the identity of the antagonist in question.
"Leatherface is a prequel to 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that revolves around the mystery of which teenage psychopath introduced will ultimately become the chainsaw wielding killer known as Leatherface, as they escape with a nurse from a mental institution with a revenge-stricken lawman in pursuit."
Hopefully for the sake of the diehard fans, the origin story will not be as much of a letdown as Rob Zombie's Halloween movies of 2007 and 2009. In many cases, it is more terrifying not to know the how or why a serial killer can emerge the way they do, humanizing them to the point where the element of mystery is removed.