After we recently posted about the status of the upcoming fast-forward Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel, Entertainment Weekly has finally shed some light on the forgotten slasher.
Interestingly, the plot looks at an older version of Leatherface, who has escaped justice following the first massacre, also involving returning final girl Sally.
Producer Fede Alvarez said this of the Leatherface character to EW,
“It’s basically the same character, who is still alive,” says Álvarez.
“Our take on it was this guy probably disappeared after everything he’s done. You know, how do you catch a guy who has a mask? Once he removes the mask and runs away, it’s very easy for him to hide somewhere. This story will pick it up many, many years after the original story. He’s been in hiding for a long, long time, trying to be a good person. These people arriving in this town are going to awaken the giant.”
With his family presumably all dead or incarcerated by now, the interesting quote from Alvarez speaks of Leatherface ‘trying to be a good person’. How has he integrated himself back into society?
Will the re-appearance of Sally trigger him to kill again? Or will she go all Laurie Strode, and try to find the monster that killed her brother and friends?
The character from the original, although a chainsaw-wielding monster, was also this gigantic man-child who seemed to have limited intelligence and was largely guided by his family’s bloodlust. With Leatherface presumably either integrated into a new family or flying solo, how have the intervening years changed him, if at all?
I guess we will find out when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre premieres on 18th February 2022 on Netflix.