Well, file this one under the ‘What The Fuck’ category. It was reported yesterday by The Wrap that the newest addition to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre saga is going to focus on Leatherface in his teenage years. I’ll give that a second to sink in. What do you think of the news, recently deceased original Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Marilyn Burns?
Couldn’t have said it better myself. So yes, it has been confirmed that this is actually happening and it even has a generic uninspired title to go along with the generic uninspired storyline. It will be called (drum roll please)……..Leatherface! A lot powerful minds worked on that one. I won’t apologize for not liking Texas Chainsaw 3D last year. A couple of good gore scenes aside, it was a train wreck. And the last thing I ever want to do is sympathize with a deranged killer who wields a chainsaw and likes to wear people’s skin for his masks. So now we have this news about the prequel to the original 1974 movie where apparently we’ll enter the mind of a teenage Leatherface.
Since this is going to focus on his teen years, we can now finally see what we’ve always wanted to see when we think of Leatherface. His acne and that moment where his voice changes. I’m sure it will be pretty embarrassing for him. Speaking of which, we might even get to see him get caught by his Mom while masturbating for the first time. Yikes! All bad jokes and humor aside, I guess I should wait and hold out a little hope until things get rolling on this prequel. But I got a funny feeling and a bad taste in my mouth that this isn’t going to go well. Until the final verdict is in though, I’m dusting off my copy of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and am gonna give it a watch to make everything right with the world, at least for the moment.
I usually root for handicapped characters in horror movies. I felt bad when Will ‘The Wizard Master’ from Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors bit the dust via Freddy Krueger in his dream world. And I felt even worse when Mark from Friday The 13th Part 2 took a machete to the face just after he was making headway with a lovely young lady inside a cabin. Life can be cruel. But not quite as cruel when we’re talking about Franklin Hardesty from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Welcome to another edition of Hip Hip Horroray! It’s a mediocre ongoing post where I give you my moments throughout horror history that made me rejoice when someone annoying in a movie met their demise. And if we’re talking annoying, we’re talking about Franklin. Bound to a wheelchair, but not bound to being a character that we give a shit about, Franklin mopes and blows raspberries while he wheels around and becomes more and more annoying as the film goes on. The first part of sweet justice is served early on though, when he tries to take a leak on the side of the road and rolls down a hill after a speeding car blows by him.
And of course, the second part of sweet justice is served when Leatherface does what we all wish we could: he carves Franklin up like a delicious Thanksgiving turkey. Fittingly, Franklin is still bitching and moaning right up until the chainsaw does us all the big favor. If you pause the movie during this scene at just the right moment by the way, you can see a small smile appear on his sister Sally’s face. She’s glad he’s gone and as the audience, so are we. So join me now with the Youtube video below in sharing the joy of Franklin Hardesty’s last moments on Earth. Hip Hip Horroray!