The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series has always been a hit and miss for me. I appreciate what the original did, and means to horror films, but it was never really high on my list. Part 2 was funny, but nothing more,. 3 and 4 were both messes in my opinion. Some of the remakes had promise but always managed to do something wrong. This new installment promises something new, in the fact it will finally give us the origin of Leatherface.
Leatherface takes us back to when Verna Sawyer is alive and living in the family house with her kids, one of whom is Jed Sawyer, aka Leatherface. She encourages her kids to kill, with chainsaws even, but Jed is still apprehensive about doing this. He is ok though with covering himself with dead animal skins and luring people into traps so his family can murder them
One of the victims of the Sawyer's is the daughter of sheriff Hal Hinton. He knows the Sawyer family committed the murder but doesn't have the evidence needed to convict the. So he figures he lost his daughter, so he will have Verna's taken away. He uses his pull and gets Jed put in the state mental hospital.
From there things take a turn as Jed meets other weirdos and eventually escapes durring a large scale riot. Reuniting with his family will he finally take his place as a chainsaw weilding maniac? Of course he will.
I don't hate this film like most, I just find it a weird blend. It's like a inbred teen angst film with murder. I understand people get mad to learn Leatherface had a bad childhood, but if he had a good one h e probably would not have grown up to be Leatherface.
The acting is well done, and the gore is used well, heavy in parts, but only when needed. The closing act of the film is better than any chainsaw sequel or remake out there. Lionsgate did a great job on the transfer so the movie does look amazing, even down to the stitching on Leatherface's mask.
Personally I think it's worth a watch.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars