Lionsgate has set an Oct. 20 limited theatrical run and VOD release date for Leatherface, the newest entry in its Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise from celebrated Inside directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury and producers Lati Grobman (Embrace of the Vampire) and scream queen/ex-Playboy model Christa Campbell (Day of the Dead).

Leatherface plays as a prequel to the 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, providing an origins story for its iconic chainsaw-wielding madman – one of four escaped mental inmates who abduct a young nurse and take her with them on the lam as a pair of twisted Texas Rangers hunt them down on a personal mission of vengeance.

Fresh Meat: Vanessa Grasse

Fresh Meat: Vanessa Grasse

Jessica Madsen, Sam Coleman, Sam Strike (“EastEnders”), and James Bloor (Dunkirk) play the escaped inmates – one of the latter two rumored to be young Leatherface. Newcomer Vanessa Grasse (pictured) is the abducted nurse and Finn Jones (“Game of Thrones”) and Stephen Dorff (Blade) the lawmen. Seth M. Sherwood penned the script.

Leatherface sounds awesome, especially with its promise of being a meaner sequel than 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D. Of course, the film to beat in the entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre canon, including the original, is producer Michael Bay and director Marcus Nispel’s 2003 remake, starring Jessica Biel.

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