Leatherface (2017) Review

Posted October 21, 2017 by in Horror


Our Score

2.5/ 5

Length: 1h 30min
MPAA Rating:
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Some entertaining gore and it's well paced.


Doesn't give us the backstory we could have gotten on the Sawyer family and the plot isn't particularly interesting.

Leatherface isn’t without its moments and has some awesome kills but it’s a shame the rest of the Sawyer family get such little screentime.

by Eoin Friel
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Plot: 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 a lawman out for revenge.

Review: Leatherface has been on my “must-see” list for quite some time as I love the Texas Chainsaw series. Even the entries which everyone else hates I still find something to enjoy. The trailers promised this would be one of the bloodiest in the franchisse but it was also set to be a genuine prequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It does have plenty of graphic violence (unlike the original) so gorehounds will find plenty to enjoy but for me it was seriously lacking.

We get introduced to younger versions of iconic characters like Grandpa, Nubbins Sawyer (AKA the Hitchhiker from the original) and more but then the story proceeds to ignore them and gives us a group of crazy youngsters who kidnap a nurse from a mental institution and go on a killer roadtrip.

That’s all well and good but I thought the point of this movie was to maybe give us a bit more backstory into the Sawyer family but sadly we don’t get any. The film mostly goes for cheap gore as our group of crazies leave a trail of carnage in their wake and like I said, there are some entertaining gory moments but it left me cold as I didn’t care about any of the characters or who lived/died.

It was at least pretty well acted and at 90 minutes it moves along at a fare pace but I just wanted more from it. It never felt like Texas Chainsaw but really just another torture porn movie that will likely be forgotten sooner rather than later. It’s a shame as there was some potential here; it also has a pretty obvious and not very interesting twist which you’ll see coming from a mile off.

Overall, Leatherface has some imaginative kills and graphic violence aplenty but if you’re looking for some interesting backstory then you’ll be sorely disappointed.

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Eoin Friel

I started The Action Elite a few years ago; it's grown from strength to strength but now seems like the right time to expand. I've always loved different movie genres like horror, sci-fi and dramas so you'll see a wide range of different movies covered here.