|Known relatives:|| Dean (Brother)
|Year of birth:||1946|
|Year of death:||1969|
|First appearance:||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning|
|Portrayed by:||Matt Bomer|
"Shh, this is how you sneak up on them..." -Eric to Chrissie upon her enquiry as to what he is doing in the motel pool.
Eric is a character appearing in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning portrayed by Matt Bomer.
He is the second victim overall of Thomas Hewitt/Leatherface and the first victim to have undergone the mad and macarbe of the Hewitt residence before his death.
He is the victim of whom Thomas withdrew a face from to wear as his own and cover his own hideous facial defomity a result of a gruesome skin disease which developed when he was a young boy.
Eric was the boyfriend of final victim of the group Chrissie, older brother of third victim Dean and a friend to his younger brother and Chrissie's best friend Bailey who was ultimatley the penultimate second victim following on from him.
Eric was a young man who grew up during the 1950s and 60s. He was romantically involved with a woman named Chrissie. In 1969 he went off to fight in Vietnam.
He returned home to Texas for a brief period, but was ready to ship back out again. This time, he intended on bringing his younger brother, Dean, with him, who had only recently received his draft card.
While driving towards the recruiting station with Dean, Chrissie and Dean's girlfriend, Bailey, Eric ran afoul of a group of bikers who sought to do them harm.
While trying to evade the bikers, Eric smashed his jeep into a cow that had been crossing the road. Chrissie was thrown free of the overturning vehicle, but Eric and the others suffered minor injuries.
A man named Sheriff Hoyt responded to the incident, but Eric quickly learned that this man was there to protect or serve. In truth, he wasn't even actually a sheriff, but instead, was a deranged cannibal named Charlie Hewitt.
Charlie took the brothers back to the Hewitt residence, where Eric was secured to a yardarm and tortured at length. He was then handed over to Charlie's nephew, Thomas Hewitt. And that's when the real terror began.
Thomas took Eric down into his workshop where he bolted him to a table, skinned him and then eviscerated him with a chainsaw. Afterward, he took Eric's skinned face and made it into a mask which he wore.
By all accounts, Eric became the first chainsaw victim of the man who would one day become known as Leatherface.