I am a big fan of prequels and prefer it over sequels. I feel that there is a lot more creative drive when it comes to  crafting a story in terms of originating beginnings. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is no stranger to spawning out franchises. Some work, some don’t. It’s just how the chainsaw rumbles.

Time is flying by in terms of dating horror movies. Leatherface, dubbed one of the “Titans of Terror,” is no stranger to the realm of horror. The storylines of the franchise are undoubtedly believable, no paranormal activity here, just straight up bone cutting and chainsaw slashing action.

tumblr_n16dnfxfqo1rp0vkjo1_500TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING turns ten years old today and once again I feel old. Sigh. The film is the sixth adaptation to the original TEXAS CHAINSAW that was released in 1974. If you are not familiar with the nemesis Leatherface, let me speed you up a tad.

As his name implies, Leatherface is a villain that wears masks made of human skin that he retrieves by murdering them, with his most notable weapon of choice, a chainsaw. If you remember the story of Ed Gein, who himself wore masks of human skin, you might find it interesting to know that the franchise is loosely based on this serial killer. Leather face’s beginning is perhaps the most frightful, he spawns from a family that engages in cannibalism and incest. His family members are all inbreds and work at nearby butchering stations, using the meat leftover from their human victims in delectable food items such as chill and just straight up barbecued flesh.

THE BEGINNING takes places four years before the THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE that came out in 2003, which was the remake of the 1974 film. Jordan Brewster, Diora Bird, Matt Bomer, R. Lee Ermey and Taylor Handley star in the film. The plot loosely tells the story of how Leatherface came to be; he was born after his mother died after implications from birth in a slaughterhouse and after finding him in the dump while rummaging for food, he finds himself at the infamous Hewitt house.

That’s when shit goes down. Leatherface’s killing spree starts after he loses his job at the same slaughterhouse his mother gave birth to him in and what ensues for years and years are nothing short of torture, murders and mystery meat.


This particular film follows four young teenagers who regrettably fall in the path of the Hewitt’s, Leatherface’s family. The Hewitt House is undoubtedly one of the most notorious homes to date with a built in slaughter house, the secret chambers of Leatherface and family dinners where you end up dead. The film did fairly well in the box office with a budget of $16 million and raking over $50 million overall. Debuting in 2003, it was #2 at the box office at the time of its release.

Although the film was amassed with entrails, the plot of the story didn’t impress me as a horror fan. Using the foundation of inbred, cannibalism and sadistic behavoior, the elements most certainly were there to tale the story of how this villain came to be, but screenwriter Sheldon Turner, didn’t bring these elements to fruition as much as I would have liked it. We want more backstory, less gore! Why do the Hewitt family eat people? Where did that mask that Leatherface was wearing come from? Answers, people!  However, overall, the film did a good job protracting how fucked up the Hewitt family could be.

It’s worth a gander if you want to have a better understanding of the roots of Leatherface, but don’t expect to know it all with just this one film.

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