WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: The 1974 classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: I was terrified of Leatherface before I even saw him on screen. When I was a teen with a budding interest in horror, I had always gotten the impression that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was the creme de la creme of pure terror. After all, the title alone combined three very eerie things: the scariest type of power tool, the scariest type of murder, and the (arguably) scariest American state.
Yes, Leatherface is certainly a villain with a reputation. But still, nothing quite compares to the visceral experience of watching such a madman brandishing a chainsaw and inviting an unfortunate victim to a family dinner (a family of the cannibalistic persuasion), or the realization of why he has that curious nickname. For me, the first time Leatherface appears on screen remains one of the most terrifying scenes I’ve ever seen on film. (See below clip for serious chills.)
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: Leatherface has made an appearance in over six films since his debut. Some would say the original is still the film that showcases him at his sadistic best, and after recently seeing the original in the theaters for its 40th anniversary, I’m inclined to agree. However, 2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake also featured a seriously freaky Leatherface.