- NAME: BUBBA SAWYER (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986) LEATHERFACE SLAUGHTER (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION (1994) THOMAS HEWITT (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2003)
- OTHER ALIASES: JUNIOR
The "suit" concept may be familiar to people who saw Silence Of The Lambs. Jame Gumb, played by Ted Levine, does the same thing. Gumb, is trying to make a full bodied female "costume" out of his victims. In real-life, Gein began to do this after the death of his mother, deciding that he wanted to have a sex change. The "woman suit" enabled him to pretend to be female. This, to a lesser extent, was the inspiration for Norman Bates. The only difference being that they incorporated the death of Norman's mother and their complicated relationship, with Norman actually "becoming" his mother as an alter ego.
Interesting to note that Ed Gein, is often cited as a serial killer. However, we only know of two victims and that technically doesn't qualify him as a serial killer. Most of his horrors were done using corpses. In fact, Gein was only charged with one count of first degree murder, which initially he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He was deemed unfit to stand trial and sent to an institution for the criminally insane. Eleven years later, doctor's declared him competent stand trial and he was convicted on the same charge within a week. He was also found to be legally insane and instead of going to prison, he spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital. Gein died on July 26th, 1984 of respiratory failure at the age of 77.
The character of Leatherface first appeared in Tobe Hooper's 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film followed a group of teenagers who come across a slaughterhouse, run by a family of crazed cannibals. In the original films, Leatherface is often depicted as being "mentally challenged". Gunner Hansen, the original actor to portray the character, has said that "Leatherface is completely under the control of his family. He'll do whatever they tell him to do. He's a little bit afraid of them." Tobe Hooper has openly referred to Leatherface as a "Big Baby", and has said that he kills in self defense because he feels threatened. Hooper even points out in a documentary titled The Shocking Truth, that in the first film, Leatherface is actually just frightened at all the new people entering the house.
Leatherface has appeared in 7 movies, and the character played by 6 actors. Leatherface has also been featured in video games and comic books. In 2007, Universal Studios licensed the character from Lionsgate, to appear at Halloween Horror Nights 17: Carnival Of Carnage.