When it comes to horror movie icons, Leatherface might be head (or face) and shoulders above the rest. What makes him stand apart from the likes of Freddy, Jason, Chucky, and other slashers is the fact that he’s just a human being. Nothing supernatural here — unless you count the startling amount of times he’s been rebooted, or how tangled the timeline of his mayhem has become. But now that the big boy has released yet another sequel into the world, it’s time to look back at the two main entries in the franchise — and apologies to those who hold the bonkers 1986 sequel near and dear to their hearts. I’m talking about the one that started it all, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), which featured a handful of unknown actors and was produced on a shoe-string budget. Upon its release, it made a killing at the box office and launched a franchise that includes the 2003 Michael Bay-produced remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre starring Jessica Biel. The remake is still a nasty piece of work, even it’s if more polished than the original. But which of these films will survive and what will be left of them? Only one way to find out: FACE OFF!
This episode of Face Off, Original vs Remake edition is written by Eric Walkuski, narrated by Shawn Knippelberg, and edited by Lance Vlcek. Let us know in the comments which you prefer – the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) or its 2003 remake! Watch previous episodes below!