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10 Movie Mysteries That Should NEVER Have Been Answered

10. Leatherface - The Origin Of Leatherface

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Movie monsters don't come much more one dimensional than Leatherface, but is that such a bad thing? Armed with the eponymous chainsaw and a dead skin mask, there's no negotiation here. He might hang you from a meat hook in the basement first but you are going to die. There is nothing you can do about it and no amount of screaming is going to change that.

Leatherface came from the imagination of Texas Chainsaw writers Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper and was there to do one job only. The unwitting teens who find themselves on the slab are not saved knowing that the man who's about to end their lives had a rough childhood or that there were mental health issues to consider.

Leatherface was like the shark in Jaws or the truck in Duel - an unstoppable force with a Terminator-like singularity of purpose - kill, maim and kill some more.

Then directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury gave us Leatherface The Movie. This pathetic prequel-cash-grab gave us the dreaded origin story; Jedidiah Sawyer, now renamed Jackson, inmate at a mental institution and scapegoat in a series of murders committed by his family, cannot escape his destiny and stitches himself a leather face.

Great. No mystery there anymore - just a love starved little boy who was a product of a bad upbringing. There's enough of that tragedy in the real world, so why make Leatherface, of all people, sympathetic?

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