This article is about the 2017 prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. For the prequel to the remake, see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. For the 1990 film, see Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.

"The origin story of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'"
― Tagline


Leatherface is a horror film written by Seth M. Sherwood, directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, and starring Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike , Vanessa Grasse, James Bloor, Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman, Chris Adamson, and Finn Jones.[1] It is a prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Texas Chainsaw 3D, focusing on the origins of the chainsaw-wielding killer known as Leatherface.

It premiered at the London FrightFest Film Festival on 25 August 2017, to be followed by a DirecTV exclusive release on 21 September 2017, with wide V.O.D. and limited theatrical releases set for 20 October 2017.[2][3]


  • Leatherface (2017) depicts its titular character as a functional human being whose mind is destroyed in a horrific event, turning him into the iconic killer. However, this concept wasn't entirely invented for the film. In the the 1991 Leatherface comic book, the narration explains "He [Leatherface] was born an imbecile. Then bad things, very bad things, were done to him that made him hurt and made him fear. Bad things that virtually destroyed what little mind he had. Born an idiot and made a monster, scarcely human."[4] Additionally, Jeff Burr (director of Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3) is quoted as saying "I would say he's mindless as result of injury. I don't know; I would have to assume that the catastrophic injury that destroyed his face may have destroyed his vocal cords."[5]