Reviewed bybloke_shwinVote: 8/10/10
Saw this recently on a DVD. Having enjoyed Bustillo n Maurys previousworks (Inside, Livid n Among the living) n having seen all the sevenparts of TCM, i was looking forward to this. Well, i wasn'tdisappointed. Surprisingly i got more than i bargained for. As a fan ofroad horror/thriller movies, this movie turned out to b a perfectcombo. The film is suspenseful, tensed n at times brutal, the film willkeep u guessing who's Leatherface. The movie succeeded in paying homageto: 1)There is a psychotic couple on the run who kills peoplemercilessly a la Natural born killers. 2)There is a bonding between twoboys in which one fella takes care of the other deranged fella a la OfMice and men. 3)There is a cop who is hell bent on revenge from aderanged family a la Devils rejects. 4)This is indeed a befittingprequel a la Hannibal Rising, explaining the story of the youngLeatherface's evolution into a deranged killer. 5)It does have shadesof One flew over the cuckoos nest. 6)There is a scene which is similarfrom the Revenant n another brutal scene from another film.... Theprevious prequel showed him as a mentally n deformed face fellow whojust kills but this prequel showed a proper descent into madness n thetrauma at a young age which does make for a more entertaining originstory. While the 1974 original will forever be a classic withoutshowing on screen violence, this film does have some very brutalviolence but not the kind of gore which is there in the remake n theits prequel. Surprisingly good star cast n solid acting by Dorff nTaylor.
Reviewed byIliescu VictorVote: 6/10/10
I cant say that i had that much expectations from this movie, let alonehoped for a good story. If you thought the remake from 2013 (TexasChainsaw) was dull and cringe, this one no is difference.
For more than half of the movie, I questioned myself why is calledLeatherface, the action never calling for the well known killer nor hisreputation. If you had no knowledge of him, one would assume is justanother movie about a mentally ill killer, scaring off some teenagersand hunting them down.
The acting is not bad but could be a lot better, the plot is probablythe biggest downside of this prequel, having too many stupid scenes.Not that many references to Leatherface at all, apart from thebeginning and the ending. A foreseable ending was also a big downside,which made me to set a 6 out of 10 just as a pityful note because Ilike the TCM as a series.
Only watch this if you have time to spare on a rainy day.
Reviewed byFinfrosk86Vote: 5/10/10
This movie in itself is not exactly bad. It looks alright, has some OKgore, decent acting for the most part, some slightly interestingcharacters. It doesn't suck. But as a origin story to one of horror'sbiggest icons? Eeeh, yeah. It's not great.
Actually, right off the bat the biggest problem with this movie strikesme. When you're making an origin story to such a famous character, youshould make sure that the story you make up and make into a movie isreally awesome. Unfortunately, it's not. We see Leatherface's familyand stuff, and it's just meh. The opening scene is just not veryinteresting. What follows though, isn't bad. They have some kind ofstory to tell here, not relying too much on TCM- lore, and I thought itwas somewhat entertaining.
You wouldn't have to cut a lot here to make this movie totallyunrecognizable as a Leaterface origin-story, though. That's a shame.And it's also pretty tame, I'm sorry to say. Actually really tame. LikeI said initially, the origin story to such a gruesome character shouldreally be a lot more horrific, gruesome and ghastly. It's not. It'spretty watered down. I think the die hard fans of Leatherface will bedisappointed with this. But who knows, I may be wrong.
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 Leather face.