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.
An obvious and disappointing offering from the duo behind the excellent INSIDE. Bustillo & Maury step into the Rob Zombie HALLOWEEN trap by creating a dopey sympathetic origin story for their monster. The result is a good looking but pointless entry that's 75 minutes of NATURAL BORN KILLERS (Stephen Dorff even plays a less scummy Jack Scagnetti surrogate) and 15 minutes of TCM lore, minus the original's insanity.
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.
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.