More than four decades after he first terrorized horror fans everywhere, Leatherface is preparing for a comeback. With a difference.
New and frightening details of this year’s reboot of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre have popped up online in recent days, according to CBR.
One of the most chilling and best-recognized horror movie bad guys ever to come down the pike, the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface debuted in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. And he has since appeared in various forms in seven other films, with the latest iteration being in Leatherface back in 2017.
But this film–directed by Ryan and Andy Tohill and produced by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead remake)–hints at showing the monster in the flesh face-mask in a much different light.
Reports have this Leatherface being a much older killer–60 years old, in fact–to start with. And he seems to have grown a bit larger as well. The filmmakers described him as “not a bodybuilder, and may even be slightly obese.” In addition, he is shown wearing “church clothes that are tightly fitted.”
Leatherface is a non-speaking role, as explained, but the villain is also said to be “complex”, and an entity who communicates with “guttural noises that range from a howling belly laugh to a pig-like squeal”.
In other casting news, the filmmakers are searching for two female leads who will portray sisters in the movie.
The film’s scenario is said to follow these two sisters, Melody and Dreama. Melody is described as a “25-year-old San Francisco moneymaker who drags her teenage sister with her to Texas” (of course) on a business trip. Melody, according to the plot, doesn’t want to leave her kid sister alone in the big city. Dreama, described as an amateur photographer, is wheelchair-bound and “presumably disabled”.
The only other character hinted at is Ms. Mc, described as a “warm, honest lady who has fostered abandoned children”. Ms. Mc also apparently has the uncanny ability to calm Leatherface, who is simply referred to as “Kenny” in the plot.
The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted pre-production on the reboot, but further details doubtless will be forthcoming when work resumes. So keep it tuned to Horror News Network for any updates on the film.