In the beginning there was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) ... and it was good. So good, in fact, that it swiftly became known as one of the most effective and unapologetic horror movies ever made. The original TCM begat The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), which wasn't nearly as good but offered an insane Dennis Hopper performance to sweeten the deal. Four years later came Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, which was even weaker than the last one, but still had tons of goopy gore to please the bloodhounds. But 1994's The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (later renamed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, in an effort to entice the Star Trek fans, I guess) was, far and away, the mega-nadir of the series. (So bad, in fact, that stars Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey lobbied to keep the flick out of distribution!) And, sequel-wise, that was pretty much that.

Flash forward to nine years later and up pops a Michael Bay-produced remake that everyone was just sure would suck eggs. Granted, some horror fans still feel that way -- but there's little denying that the remake was considerably more well-received than originally anticipated. Which brings us to the sixth and (so far) final movie in the Texas Chainsaw lesson plan: It's a prequel to the remake, it's called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and it focuses on the early years of Leatherface's clan. Aside from that skimpy concept, expect the new flick to be a whole lot more of the same stuff: Bleak, black-hearted, merciless horror with a whole lot of gooey gore on the side.

The director this time around is Jonathan Liebesman, working on his sophomore effort after the seriously lame Darkness Falls. The flick's scheduled to open on October 5th, and there's a brand-new theatrical trailer available -- but you can only watch it between 10pm and 4am (or you can just monkey with your computer's clock and watch it whenever). So yeah: All that blather for a trailer link. Can you tell how obsessive I am with these crazy horror flicks?