A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
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The original '74 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' still stands as one of the classic horror films that transcend the genre. Nothing from the ongoing series and remakes has ever stood up to it in quality or horror...and unfortunately that doesn't change with this prequel entry from noted horror directors Bustillo and Maury (Inside). Stylish exercise with an interesting turn by Lili Taylor as the mother of the brood.
Leatherface has good ideas in tow, but doesn't develop its horror and characters past basicality. The idea for a Devil's Rejects-esque road trip film is appealing, but the story and plot don't register more than archetypes (and the character that turns out to be Leatherface is clear in plot schematics, yet also makes the least sense in physique and temperament.) The action is also more effective than the terror.
in 1974 Tobe Hooper created a superlative masterpiece of nihilistic horror. so good he couldn't even created anything remotely similar throughout his career. in 2007 Maury and Bustillo created Inside, a masterpiece of superlative nihilistic horror. sadly their latest films are not that good and here they are betrayed by a mega lame script. that silly red harring on who's Leatherface is ridiculous.
Origin of Leatherface is used as a plot twist and that's the biggest issue for this movie. Decent plot is ruined by the reveal that puts the entire third act to shame. Instead of enriching simplistic psychologization, everything is dispatched in a favor of one cheap trick. It would be a lot better if everything was so obvious from the beginning, since it looks good and it's very accessible to sit through.
Era davvero necessario raccontare la rava e la fava sul passato di un personaggio enigmatico ed affascinante come Leatherface? Personalmente non credo proprio. Peccato che qualcuno la pensasse altrimenti ed il risultato è un mezzo disastro. I due registi francesi ci mettono del loro tra sangue, frattaglie e perversioni varie, ma è un mero accumulo di shock value fine a sé stesso, considerato che manca tutto il resto.
Un slasher care nu vrea nimic de la tine, iar actorii îs așa de ridicoli încât nici nu-ți pare rău că aceștia mor cu foarfeca în gât, ciocanul în cap sau creierii împrăștiați pe perete. Arahisul perfect pentru pivă)
It was an unnecessary entry. Having said that, for better or for worse, it included a few interesting elements. Although it never feels part of the main franchise, the ending was the strongest part (even if unjustified).