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Leatherface (2017)

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A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.

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A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.

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Angela Bettis was originally signed on to the film before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Lili Taylor. See more »

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Follows The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) See more »

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Written and Performed by Nathaniel Mayer
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A Trip down memory lane with The Sawyers (SPOILERS)
21 September 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was one of the many people who got to enjoy this through the Direct TV exclusive (but probably the only one who got it for free due to a glitch or because the service didn't recognize I rented the movie). I was really excited about seeing this movie for over a week. Sadly, it didn't live up to the expectations. Let's take a trip back down memory lane with The Sawyers.

I first want to say that this review may contain *SPOILERS* and I will do my best to keep it to a minimum.

The premise of the movie is that a few escape mental patients kidnap a nurse and take her on a trip to hell where we will learn who Leatherface really was as a child. The movie starts off in the 50's where we see a young Leatherface and family having dinner together. Which is a classic scene for anyone who knows and loves the TCM series, but soon after it starts to loose it's charm. After another scene, we skip to 10 years later where we meet our nurse, who is apparently new to the facility and wants to get to know the patients. We are then lead to feel that this nurse is going to be the saving grace and she will be the one to protect the Sawyer kids. It isn't too long that the patients start going crazy and all hell breaks loose!

Let me start off with characters. I felt a little confused to who the characters were from 10 years ago, which the directors made sure to make you really think it over. Just when you think you figured out who the Sawyer children are, you are fooled later on in the movie. The two kids who are a couple really set the tone for the evil presents in the movie, but it's the other two kids who really take it to the next level and make you feel unsettled. The Nurse does a great job as her role and she does really make you feel her pain and suffering throughout the movie. Stephen Dorff who plays the sheriff, really makes you hate him, sorry to say. But one thing is that I am over the whole cops are the bad guys and the killers look awesome for hunting and killing the cops. This scenario is overused in horror movies anymore, but weather it's a statement or if it's just because the writers/directors think this is what audiences want to see, it just needs to stop for a while. I can think of 10 horror movies right off the bat that did this same technique and it just becomes a yawn. Vernon Sawyer doesn't see much of a huge role in this film entry, but her presence in this film was less than scary and just dull. I didn't know who were the other two Sawyers but they also didn't have much of a role in the picture, but when they were on screen, you knew things were going to get crazy!

Moving on to story, it felt like it really dragged out at times. There was a lot of the patients wondering around and not so much killing. It doesn't really even fill in any information we already didn't know about Leatherface. We kind of get the same story with just a little bit of new information but nothing like "ah...so that's why he was like this" and in fact it raises more questions than answers (such as he was normal and talking as a kid that didn't want to follow Sawyers way, but 10 years later he just does?). We are also left wondering about 2 of the patients and their backstory which is never revealed in the movie. As far as the transformation from innocent kid to the insane killer, we are definitely given that information within the last 20 to 30 minutes of the film and it is pretty sweet. I was kept on the edge of my seat towards the end of the film and waiting to see if the Nurse gets away, but you'll have to see it for yourself and wonder if she does. All I can say is the ending was great!

Finally, the gore factor! Some of the kills felt like they were just added so you wouldn't get bored of the movie, but others made you feel like "oh....bleep!". There is a lot of blood shed and some characters who you think would make it suffer in the worse way. The most intense scenes besides the chainsaw, was the characters who used guns and the beginning of the film. A lot of the kills weren't original but they did leave you want more gore.

All in all, I might be missing the meaning behind the directors direction in the film and I really want to give the directors a chance because I heard the film Martyrs was excellent but this pretty much felt like a re-hatching of Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning. Which also confused me quite a bit as to the backstory. If the remake and the beginning were about the Hewitt family, than the original, Texas Chainsaw 3D and Leatherface are suppose to be about the Sawyers, do we just pretend 2 and 3 don't exist like The Next Generation? Also what happen to the men Sawyers from the original and why replace them basically with Vernon Sawyer? The film never really answered that question. I'm still giving the film a 6 out of 10, because the film is still enjoyable to watch but it is no masterpiece. Sadly, I really think the franchise is in trouble and either needs a whole entire reboot or a really good sequel that will make us happy.


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