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Leatherface (2017)



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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 sheriff's daughter dead. Ten years later, the Sawyer teen kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, Sawyer goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.

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Stephen Dorff
as Texas Ranger Hal Hartman
Lili Taylor
as Verna Sawyer
Sam Strike
as Jackson
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

Leatherface ... falls squarely in the tradition of a series that's failed, movie after movie, to recapture the raw, reptilian power of its first entry.

October 23, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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Like the film's punishingly gory set pieces, the storytelling itself is meaty.

October 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The best horror movies leave the most frightening elements to an audience's imagination. Leatherface is not one of those movies.

October 19, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"Leatherface" is the best "Chainsaw" movie that doesn't have "Directed by Tobe Hooper" in the credits.

October 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The effect of the film is the same as the deflating effect of explaining a joke; it completely miscalculates the phenomenon of the audience's original reaction.

October 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury's anonymous work here could've been overseen by any hipster looking to make a mark at Platinum Dunes.

October 15, 2017 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

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Leatherface' is a moderately rip-roaring, pell-mell prequel which is also the eighth installment in the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' franchise and the first to be a mystery (albeit thinly veiled one) around who at the Gorman House Youth Reformatory will be the slaughterhouse butcher. The Platinum Dunes remake was an execrable nadir for the venerable horror series because it demystified the titular cannibalistic character with a soap-opera backstory of a bullied childhood and glimpses underneath his flayed-flesh mask. Therefore, it is salubrious to be apprehensive of another backwards purview into the inbred juggernaut's lurid history. Thankfully, this flick wallows in its retreat back to the low-budget roots (after a flirtation with an egregious 3D treatment in the previous film) and is exponentially more ensorcelling because of its extramural freshness to a dropsical 'Bonnie & Clyde' spree. Notwithstanding, the mania of the Sawyer clan's ocular close-ups (the mongoloid overacting by Leatherface's pubescent brother in a Confederate hat is also a misstep) is nowhere near as mortifyingly loopy as the Tobe Hooper classic. Much to our chagrin, French auteurs Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo quickly oscillate to a red Ford truck where a pair of nuzzling ignoramuses who thoughtlessly festinate after a youngster in a porcine-pig head. At that point, the film backslides into the slice-and-dice territory of its contemporaries because the victims are mindless pawns for the abbatoir. Meanwhile, Stephen Dorff's deranged Texas Ranger Hal Hartman is a rehased bromide and while R. Lee Ermey was the juicy spotlight of those Michael Bay abominations, Dorff isn't scenery-chewing enough and his role is a top-billed cameo. After a relatively insipid beginning at the farmhouse, the shift to the asylum escape (a wheelchair casualty is defenestrated forthwith) invigorates the film into vitality because of the throttling road movie chase aspect.

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