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Director: Julien Maury/Alexandre Bustillo
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Why did I put myself through this? There’s a part of me that doesn’t even want to write this because I was that bored sitting through it. However I’ve got nothing new to review until Oceans 8 so I might as well. For starters I’ve never been a big fan of the Texas chainsaw massacre franchise, even the first film I don’t really like. I went into this movie with the lowest of expectations, I was atleast hoping to be able to sit through this movie from beginning to end. Unlike my last horror movie Jeepers Creepers 3, 15 minutes is all I was able last whilst watching that trash. Leatherface is a prequel to the original movie, it tries to tell the upbringing of letherface as a kid/early adulthood. Every long running horror franchise goes through some ups and downs, the Texas franchise pretty much has no continuity and Leatherface tries to reset it all.
We follow the Sawyer family as their mother is training them to kill. One day they make the mistake of killing the sheriff’s daughter, he sends all her children to a psychiatric institute. Many years later all the inmates escape. Now, Jackson and his hulking, disturbed brother Bud are joined by Ike and Clarice, who kidnap a kindly young nurse named Lizzy. They take to the road on a killing spree, with the deranged Texas Ranger in hot pursuit, ready to shoot first and not ask any questions.
There’s barely anything good to say about this movie so I’ll start of here. The gore is fantastic throughout, I think pretty much everything was practical so I really appreciated that and it also looked really good. I really thought I had more good stuff to say but apparently not. Onto the bad stuff. This movie adds absolutely nothing new or interesting to the franchise, I’m pretty sure we learnt enough about the backstory of Leatherface in Texas chainsaw massacre The Beginning. Apparently the studio didn’t think so. Every single character is unbearably annoying and unlikable. The one police officer who is kinda likeable you find out has just been doing everything for his own selfish gains. The movie even has the audacity to make us believe that the character the movie is focusing on isn’t Leatherface and that it’s actually this over size brute who can barely speak. This might work if the story and camera didn’t completely focus on Jackson for the first hour of the movie. It treats its audience like idiots. The movie drags, this is more unbearable when there’s barely any plot to speak off. There’s barely anything to do with Leatherface in this entire movie, it’s definetely much more like The Devils Rejects than a Texas chainsaw massacre film.
As mentioned at the start of the review I’m not a big fan of any of the Texas movies. Even after saying that, I think Leatherface deserves the title of being the absolute worst. Apart from some really well done gore effects, this movie has nothing going for it. All the characters are unlikable, the vision of the movie is far from Chainsaw Massacre. I’ll at least say it’s better than Jeepers Creepers 3.