Leatherface is a fictional character in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror-film series. One of the first slasher-film villains, he has appeared in all six of the series’ films since the release of the original, in 1974. The character wears masks made of human skin and engages in murder and cannibalism.
In the series, he often uses a chainsaw and sledgehammer to slaughter his victims. He lives with a poor Southern family of fellow cannibals and serial-killers, who often behave abusively and violently towards him. The character is inspired by Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein who, like Leatherface, wore a mask of skin.
In the original film, Leatherface wore three different masks; the “Killing Mask”, “Grandmother Mask” and “Pretty Woman Mask”. Gunnar Hansen commented: “the reason he wore a mask, according to Tobe and Kim, was that the mask really determined his personality. Who he wanted to be that day determined what mask he put on. So, when the Cook comes home, with Sally, Leatherface is wearing the ‘Grandmother Mask’ and he’s wearing an apron and carrying a wooden spoon — he wants to be domestic, helpful in the kitchen. At dinner he wears a different face – the ‘Pretty Woman,’ which has make up.”
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, Allen Danzinger, Paul A. Partain, Jim Siedow, Teri McMinn
This is the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film and it revolves primarily around a group of friends on a road trip in rural Texas. The purpose of the road trip is to visit the hometown of Sally and Franklin’s father in order to check on their grandfather’s grave after reports of grave robbing. After their van runs low on gas, the group of friends visits the childhood home of Sally and Franklin’s father where they are attacked by a family of cannibalistic men, including the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson
From the director of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre this ghastly and hilarious (Variety) sequel descends into your deepest darkest fears as a wacked-out lawman goes after human meat-cutters with his own high-octane chainsaws in a horrific showdown with the legendary leatherface and his entire cannibalistic family. For 14 years former Texas Ranger Lefty Enright (Oscar® nominee* Dennis Hopper Hoosiers) has been obsessed with finding the psychotic mass-murderers who killed his brother s children. And today he s in luck. A tough as nails late-night disc jockey (Caroline Williams Days of Thunder) has caught the ghouls on tape in the act of slicing and dicing a couple of fun-loving rich kids. When she volunteers to help Lefty persuades her to play the tape on-air to lure the maniacs out of hiding. But what she doesn t know is that she s the only witness to this diabolical family s butchery who hasn t been carved up for somebody s supper just yet!
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
Cast: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, William Butler, Viggo Mortensen, R.A. Mihailoff, Joe Unger, Tom Everett, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, Jennifer Banko
A survivalist is all that stands between two innocent college students and a family of cannibals. Original uncut classic. Year: 1996 Director: Jeff Burr Starring: Kate Hodge, William Butler, Ken Foree
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks, Tonie Perensky
The film, as a semi-remake of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and as a semi-sequel to the original film, takes as its subjects four adolescent characters, Sean, Heather, Barry and Jenny (Renee Zellweger) on promenade who decide to leave the festivities early. They make a detour in the Texas woods and end up in a car accident. They then come into contact with a family of psychopaths who inhabit a dilapidated farm-house in the middle of the forest. The family, known as the Sawyers, include Vilmer (Matthew McConaughey), a trucker with a cybernetic leg; W.E., a literature-quoting redneck; Darla (Vilmer’s love-interest), who runs a real-estate office nearby; and Leatherface, a crazed cross-dressing murderer and cannibal wielding a chainsaw.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour
A remake of the 1974 film where a group of friends are stalked and hunted down by a killer with a chainsaw in order to sustain his poor family who can only afford to eat what they kill.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Cast: Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, Matt Bomer, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Bryniarski, Terrence Evans
The only thing more shocking than how it ended is how it all began! Born under unspeakable circumstances, a young orphan is taken in by the sick and demented Hewitt family and soon the seeds of a deranged murderer are planted. When two brothers and their girlfriends stumble across the house of horrors. Leatherface reveals his ravenous appetite for chainsaws and torture as the teens fight to survive.
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Trey Songz, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Shaun Sipos, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Scott Eastwood, Richard Riehle, Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, John Dugan, Bill Moseley, Dan Yeager
Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…