Surprisingly, 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' wasn't bad enough to kill the franchise, as a prequel to the 1974 horror classic is due out this fall.

In 2013, 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' was released to abysmal reviews, but a decent box-office performance for its low budget. Taking place in the continuity of the original movies, ignoring the reboot and its prequel, 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' was heavily criticized for trying to follow in the tone of the original, but relying on CGI blood and gore and taking great pains to avoid actual nudity, all while having a R rating. Continuity was thrown out as well, with the opening taking place in the 70s after the events of the first movie, with a young baby found in the aftermath of the massacre at the Sawyer home. The movie then jumps forward to modern times with the young baby now a college student in her early 20s, though modern times are 40 years after the opening scene.

Though the movie failed critically and was panned by fans of the franchise, Millenium Films immediately began working on a new movie. The next installment, titled 'Leatherface' (No one bother to tell them that's the title of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre III'?), will focus on the childhood of the chainsaw wielding killer. According to IMDB,

Prequel about teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.

Though Millenium Films is trying to say the previous movie was a success, its critical response did impact this coming film, as 'Leatherface' will not have a full theatrical release. It will premiere at Frightfest 2017 in August, then have an exclusive release on DirecTV, followed by a limited theatrical run, and then a home video release on October 20th.