Leatherface Gets His Own Origin Story [DVD Review]

If there was ever a horror film that somehow captured the essence of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Of Mice and Men, The Devil's Rejects, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre all at the same time, it would be Leatherface. What could have easily been just another slash 'em up gore fest graduates to another level thanks to an actual plot and some interesting twist and turns thrown our way.

A violent teen and three others kidnap a young nurse while escaping from a Texas mental institution. Pursued by a vengeful sheriff, the disturbed young man embarks on a murderous rampage that shapes him into a legendary killer known as Leatherface.

Sometimes Leatherface seems a bit at odds with itself. At one point it appears to be trying to follow the "leaving the killings to the imagination" rule. The very next we'll get a shot of onscreen carnage suited for "House of 1,000 Corpses." There's a bit of sleaze to it that doesn't fit in the franchise either.

Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality / nudity.

Leatherface is directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. It stars Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, and Vanessa Grasse. Seth M. Sherwood wrote the screenplay. The movie runs 90 minutes.

Leatherface is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Rating: Good