Aw yeah! This week’s “character showdown” is dedicated to one of the most badass movie maniacs ever to grace the silver screen. I’m talking about Leatherface!
Ever since he first popped up from behind that metal door in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, wielding a giant mallet and bringing it down at full force into poor Kirk’s face, audiences have never been the same. Needless to say, the mere visual of Leatherface’s visage is so terrifying that you’re likely never to forget it once you see it.
Back in the 70’s, the prospect of getting a sequel to any movie, let alone a horror movie seemed ludicrous. So for a while there, I’m sure a lot of people felt a bit safer knowing that the terrors of Leatherface were confined to that brisk 83 minute running time of the original film, which they could either ignore or go re-experience at revival screenings. Alas, after more than a decade of silence, the saw was back for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2! And with the sequel, we saw a new actor reinterpreting Leatherface in a whole new context.
Despite the poor reception to the movie going out unrated (and being completely different in tone to the original), it succeeded in developing a strong cult following over the years and because of that following, the franchise continued to flourish – although not without a tremendous set of obstacles ahead. We got two more sequels to the original franchise. A remake. A prequel to the remake. And most recently, a semi-sequel to the original movie, in 3D! And pretty soon we’ll have a prequel to the 3D sequel. (Did I get that right?)
There have been quite a few actors to don Leatherface’s trademark mask bound together from the skins of previous victims. And each brought their own little quirks and eccentricities to their interpretation. Let’s take a look at them all and find out which one was YOUR favorite.