Leatherface: Man of Many Faces [Infographic]

by |September 29, 2014

Leatherface: Man of Many Faces

 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was first released forty years ago in 1974. What nobody knew at the time was just how influential the independent film with a miniscule budget would be, or what lasting effects it would have on the horror genre. The original was followed by six other films in the Texas Chainsaw series, and it inspired countless imitators. Of all the slasher icons, Leatherface is possibly the most recognizable - regardless of whose face he's wearing.

In honor of his 40th birthday, we revisited each film in the franchise, researched the details of their production, and meticulously scrutinized which kills should or should not be credited to Leatherface. Over forty years and seven movies, Leatherface and his family have gone through a surprising number of changes. Rev up your chainsaw, sharpen your meathooks, and get out your sewing kit...we're celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a visual guide dedicated to Leatherface: the man of many faces.

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One of the most bizarre film franchises in the annals of American horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre began 40 years ago with the tragic account of five youths who fell into the murderous snares of Leatherface and his cannibalistic family. The series has had a very, very long life, each entry full of the mad and macabre. These seven films spanning four decades are anything but an idyllic summer afternoon drive through Texas... The Saw Is Family

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 


Directed by Tobe Hooper 

Leatherface  played by Gunnar Hansen

Inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein, filmmaker Tobe Hooper inadvertently helped establish the slasher horror subgenre with his classic 1974 film. A murderous clan of Texans, including the iconic Leatherface, slaughter a group of unsuspecting youths who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Kill Count: 4 (confirmed)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pt. 2


Directed by Tobe Hooper

Leatherface played by Bill Johnson

More than a decade after the release of the original, Hooper returned to the direct Part 2. Inspired equally as much by the other slasher franchises as by the first TCM, the sequel is a tongue-in-cheek take on the state of the horror genre, and the 1989s in general. Chili, anyone?

Kill Count: 3 (confirmed)

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III


Directed by Jeff Burr

Leatherface played by Bill Johnson

New Line revived Leatherface and the TCM franchise in 1990. With vague and passing references to the earlier entries, the third film creates its own continuity with an updated, modern style. Like many horror films of this era, this was brutally hacked and slashed by the MPAA.

Kill Count: 2-3

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation


Directed by Kim Henkel

Leatherface played by Robert Jacks

Leatherface played by Originally titled The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the fourth installment was intended as a direct sequel to the first film and directed by Kim Henkel, co-writer of the original. The reason for the family's madness is revealed: they are simply pawns in a government conspiracy. 

Kill count: 1-3

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Directed by Marcus Nispel

Leatherface played by Andrew Bryniarski

The TCM series was ahead of the remake curve with the 2003 Platinum Dunes film. Recreating the look and feel of the original, the remake paints Leatherface as a sympathetic character. His family, on the other hand, is more sadistic here than they ever have been before.

Kill Count: 3-5

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning


Directed by Jonathan Liebsman

Leatherface played by Andrew Bryniarski

Hot off the success of the remake, the prequel established the origins of Leatherface and the Hewitt family. From his birth to the creation of his first skin mask, we see the torment and abuse that shaped and created the iconic character (and the torment and abuse he would inflict in turn).

Kill Count: 6-8

Texas Chainsaw 3D


Directed by John Luessenhop

Leatherface played by Dan Yaeger

The most recent attempt to reboot the franchise - Texas Chainsaw 3D - picks up immediately where the first TCM left off. With Leatherface and his family believed to be dead, Heather returns home to discover that the bloodline is not yet completely severed. 

Kill Count: 5-7

Illustrator: Jacob Kuddes

Writer: Jimm Mcshane

Editor: Marlon Heimerl

Sources: Iconsoffright.com, "They Came, They Sawed", Texas Monthly, Horror.wikia.com

Where will Leatherface and his family go in the next forty years? Nobody can say for sure, but he'll certainly be taking his trusty chainsaw along with him. If you're looking to inspire some terror of your own this Halloween, we have Texas Chainsaw Massacre costumes for both children and adults. We also carry animated chainsaw accessories, of course... the saw is family!

Phillip Grace
Phillip Grace

Phillip Grace is a Horror Aficionado at HalloweenCostumes.com, where he's always showing off his collection of horror movie props. Phillip frequently comes to work in elaborate and terrifying costumes—so don't take your eyes off him!

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