One afternoon this past summer, Mark Hofmeyer was in the backyard of his suburban Atlanta home, doing his best to retrace Leatherface’s steps.
Hofmeyer, 35, is a film lover who's spent the last two years writing deeply researched yet thoroughly un-scientific statistical analyses of horror and action flicks, which he posts to his own site, Movies, Films and Flix, as well as to the Reddit movies thread.
One such study revealed that films featuring jet-ski sequences average a mere 29 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes; another measured Matthew McConaughey's record-breaking, dragon-feeding long-jump in Reign of Fire; and an especially ambitious report analyzed Michael Myers' Illinois-to-California drive in Halloween H20, which Hofmeyer believes took exactly 43.5 hours, with an average speed of 63.2 miles per hour.
Hofmeyer, a freelance writer who also works for a culinary-event company, doesn't have any statistics training.
In his first major analysis, in 2013, he determined that Jason Statham movies tended to perform better on Rotten Tomatoes if the star wore an overcoat on its poster, as opposed to a suit or cardigan.
In the sequence, the blade-waving Leatherface chases a much sprier victim-to-be through a yard crowded with sheet-covered clotheslines, eventually making a last-minute sprint, and lopping off the guy's leg: