Film history is full of completed projects that ended up sitting on studio shelves for years, before finally seeing the light of day long after most fans had stopped caring. Many of these turn out to have been delayed for good reason, but others – such as Trick ‘r Treat – go on to surprise people with their quality level.
It’s too early to say which of the above two categories that Leatherface – a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – will fall into, but finally, Bloody Disgusting reports that the film has gotten an official release date.
Back in May, Leatherface producer Christa Campbell tweeted that the prequel would finally surface this October, although that turns out to have been only mostly true.
While Leatherface will indeed see a wide VOD release and limited theatrical release beginning on October 20th, the embattled film will first become available exclusively to DirecTV customers on September 21st.
Directed by acclaimed French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside, Livid), Leatherface examines the titular murderer’s journey from teenage psycho to skin-wearing slasher icon. Notable cast members include Stephen Dorff (Blade), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), and Finn Jones (Marvel’s Iron Fist).
Leatherface will be Bustillo and Maury’s first English-language directorial effort, although one imagines that the duo would have preferred that milestone to occur under less dubious circumstances.
Still, with such talented directors at the helm, one hopes that Leatherface will at least be a much more fulfilling entry into the TCM saga than was 2013’s dreadful Texas Chainsaw 3D. Do yer thing cuz, indeed.
Now, one wonders when Dimension will finally quit pushing back fellow long-delayed franchise follow-up Amityville: The Awakening, which seems to be about as cursed as the famous house itself.