”Best TCM sequel in a couple of generations”
– Michael Gingold / Rue Morgue
”Clever origin story with a sense of mystery, this prequel does a solid job keeping you all guessing who Leatherface is till the gruesome final act”
– George Beremov / CineMarvellous!
”Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury burst onto the horror scene with the French extreme cult favourite Inside (2007). Their take on a Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel, written by London Has Fallen scribe Seth M Sherwood, is a look back at how a monster is made. In mid 50s Texas, wayward Jed Sawyer is shipped off to a kids home-cum-insane asylum because his mother is thought to be a danger to his welfare. Names are changed and the lucky ones are fostered out to new families in what was called the endangered child programme. That said, from what we already know about his mom, Verna Sawyer (Lili Taylor) the state is doing the right thing in this instance. Flash forward ten years and Jed is still institutionalised with little hope of leaving. He gets caught up in a riot and subsequent break out.
Jed is now one of four socially ill-prepared and mentally challenged young people, plus their hostage nurse on the run from the law, led by vengeful Texas Ranger Hal Hartman played with firebranded zeal by Stephen Dorff.” – Stuart Wright / Britflicks