Those following my work here on /Film know that I watch a lot of horror movies, from psychological puzzlers to bone-snapping slashers. It’s not all gore, guts and viscera, but one can guesstimate the ceaseless quantity of “disturbing” moments these eyes witness year after year. It could be a scene that triggers an immediate gag reflex, or recharges my nightmare fuel, or hits upon existential devastation with unearthly intent. I wasn’t always prone to stomaching such content – as I once opened up about while discussing my personal connection to the Child’s Play franchise – but now? Well, I’m choosing to relive the year’s most vile challenges on my own accord. Doesn’t that say enough?
What you’re about to read is a list of on-screen sequences that could break a number of viewers. My picks don’t necessarily have to be genre specific, although horror does end up harvesting the largest, freshest crop to choose from year after year. These are the clips that had me clenching down tightly on theater armrests or blocking my eyes with folded hands, as if directors were competing to see who could push me past the brink of no return. Looks like they’ll have to try harder in 2018 (please for the love of sanity, don’t).
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When I wrote about the red band trailer for Leatherface, I went long about how a prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre sounds like a lousy idea, but also how I’m hungry for another horror movie from the talented and twisted team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. Now, a new trailer has arrived and it’s a bit more traditional and a bit more plot-oriented and it probably won’t change any minds. Either you’re intrigued by an origin story for the iconic serial killer from Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece or you’re not.
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1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is so singular that even original director Tobe Hooper didn’t try to replicate it. His 1986 sequel deliberately veered toward splatter comedy, eschewing scares in favor of guffaws. Why try to top what is already perfect? Why recreate pure cinematic alchemy, a movie that feels like it only works because it was made by the right people at the right time in the right place?
Three official sequels, one reboot, one prequel to the reboot, and one movie that claims to be a direct sequel to the original (while ignoring all continuity) later, we’ve arrived at Leatherface, a film about the early days of the skin-wearing, flesh-eating psychopath of the original movie. But before you roll your eyes too hard, note that this is the Hollywood debut of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, two directors whose past work has rightfully put them on the radar of horror fans all over the world.
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Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Apparently the path from teen psycho to Leatherface isn’t quite as straightforward as we’d previously assumed. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel has just cast James Bloor as a young maniac and Angela Bettis as the Sawyer family matriarch — and in the process, some new details about the plot have come to light.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Behold, the new face of Leatherface. 21-year-old British actor Sam Strike has ben set to lead Leatherface, an origin story about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre killer.
The new film is being directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, a French duo who received high praise for their 2007 horror Inside. More details on the Leatherface casting after the jump. Read More »
Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury turned heads and stomachs with their intense debut feature Inside, but their follow-up films Livid and Among the Living didn’t reach quite the same audience. The two have flirted with other properties over the years since Inside debuted — most notably, they were attached to a Hellraiser film for some time, and there was a point where they might have directed the Nightmare on Elm Street re-do — but never signed a deal.
Now they have chosen a next film, and it is one with a long genre history. Bustle and Maury are reportedly set to be the Leatherface directors, so they’ll explore the origin story of the boogeyman of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre films. Read More »
The horror started in 1974 with Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A few sequels later, that franchise faded, and in 2003 Platinum Dunes picked it up. They made two films, but the screams faded once more. In 2013 the franchise was resurrected one more time with Texas Chainsaw 3D. The film was a financial and critical disappointment, but producer Carl Mazzocone has the rights to make up to six films and he’s going to try another. A writer has just been hired to pen a Texas Chainsaw prequel called Leatherface. Read More »