The 50 Best Villains in Movie History

41. Leatherface

Played By: Gunnar Hansen
Movie: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

There are two sides to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface. Firstly, there's the nightmarish one. He's the hulking, curiuosly effeminate, and mentally underdeveloped son who wears flesh-skin masks (director/co-writer Tobe Hooper's nod to real-life serial killer Ed Gein) and, at times, women's clothing. For an unpaid living, he brutally kills innocent people and then hands over their limbs to his backwoods yokel father, disturbed brother, and practically dead, corpse-like grandfather to enjoy for dinner.

Which brings us to Leatherface's less-addressed, intriguing other side. Drayton Sawyer (Jim Siedow), the cannibalistic family's fatherly overseer, pushes the defenseless and scared Leatherface around. He may bash dudes' heads in with mallets, cut open chests with a whizzing chainsaw, and hang screaming young women by their backs on meathooks, but, deep down, Leatherface is just a frightened little kid trying to receive love from his daddy. —MB

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