'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Prequel Shows the Birth of a Monster

'Leatherface' is born in the terrifying prequel.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series explores the origin story of its principal murderer in Leatherface, and if the latest NSFW trailer is any indication, it’s going to be a family affair with murderous children and lots of bloody chainsaw action.

This first trailer is largely an incomprehensible tease, but the hulking monstrosity that will one day run around with a chainsaw while wearing other peoples’ faces is shown as just a boy in Leatherface. He’s the innocent kind of child who gets a chainsaw for his birthday and runs around shirtless wearing a dead cow’s face. You know, totally normal stuff for the Sawyer family.

At the start of the trailer, an innocent schoolgirl wanders into a strange barn on a farm, and right when she notices a bizarre figure wearing the face of a cow, she falls into a trap through a pile of hay.

There’s also footage from a gruesome scene in a local diner in which somebody gets their head shot off with a shotgun at point-blank range. Diner patrons also get stabbed in their booths, and police execute people in the meadow.

Intercut with all of this are classic chase scenes of bloody, panicked people fleeing from the sound of a revving chainsaw, and there’s a lingering scene of an ominous figure sewing together a face from loose skin.

Check out the Red Band trailer for Leatherface right here:

Here’s the official synopsis:

In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriffs’ daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the young Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster known now as Leatherface.

Leatherface will be released via DirecTV on September 21 and then revved up again in theaters on October 20.

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