Giving Leatherface a sad backstory is the dumbest direction yet for the Chain Saw series

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One of the great, blood-freezing moments in all of horror is Leatherface’s first appearance in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s so sudden, so unexpected, so nightmarishly casual. Some poor, dumb teen pokes his head into the wrong farmhouse, turns a corner into a doorway, and there he is: hulking,…

Blade Runners and chainsaw massacres, plus 32 other movies coming this October

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…