Directed By Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Starring Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike and Nicole Andrews
Written By Seth M. Sherwood
Produced By Les Weldon, Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman
The eagerly-awaited, nerve-shattering prequel to the legendary The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, exploring the chilling origin of the fearsome horror icon, from the directors of the extreme French masterpiece Inside.
A young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens after they escape from a psychiatric hospital, and take her on a road trip to hell. Pursued by an equally deranged, trigger-happy lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind – moulding him into the monster we now know as Leatherface.
When the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre burst onto the screen in 1974, a new horror legend was born, in the form of a mumbling, bumbling, flesh-masked, chainsaw wielding maniac – Leatherface! Seven films and untold gruesome deaths later, audiences can finally find out who lurks behind the mask – and how he got there, in this stylish, scary and blood-soaked prequel.
The directors – masters of horror Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury – are a perfect fit for the material, having shocked audiences with their 2007 gory Gallic debut Inside, described by Twitch as ‘one of the harshest, most brutal and disturbing things to hit celluloid in recent years’. Here, the pair deliver brooding menace and nightmarish psychological horror, all the while ratcheting up the tension to the ninth degree.
With a fantastic cast – including genre favourites Stephen Dorff (Blade) and Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), as well as Game of Thrones star Finn Jones, this is a worthy addition to the Chainsaw franchise, and a thrilling examination of the genesis of a monster ranked alongside Freddy and Jason as one of the greatest horror characters ever.
Getting its world premiere on Friday 25th August at this year’s prestigious Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 in London, this is a big moment in the annals horror cinema – the unmasking of a maniac – that will have horror fans drooling with delight.
A Millennium Films production, directed by Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo from the screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood, based on the characters created by Kim Henkle & Tobe Hooper. Leatherface is produced by Les Weldon, Carl Mazzocone, Christa Campbell & Lati Grobman and stars Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor with Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman, Chris Adamson, and Finn Jones. A Campbell Grobman Films production of a film by Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, executive produced by Tobe Hooper, Kevin Gruetert, John Luessenhop, Robert Kuhn, Kim Henkel, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill, and Beth Bruckner O’Brien. Scott Milam is co-producer.
The behind-the-scenes team fulfilling the vision of acclaimed French directors Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo includes director of photography Antoine Sanier, production designer Alain Bainee, editors Sebastien De Saint Croix & Josh Ethier and costume designer Ina Damyanova with casting by Jeremy Zimmermann and music by David Buckley.
LEATHERFACE will receive its world premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 on Friday 25th August, and will release on DVD & Blu-ray 9th January 2018 courtesy of Lionsgate UK and Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK.