See The First Look At Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre Sequel

By Carolyn Jenkins | 16 seconds ago

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The trend of classic horror movie sequels continues. Horror has been attracting more audiences with sequels films such as David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills and Nia DeCosta’s Candyman. Netflix is trying their hand at the task. The streaming platform has announced that Leatherface will be getting another chance at what he does best when a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes out in 2022.

Entertainment Weekly offered a first look at the new film which will be a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s horror classic. The sequel is still largely shrouded in mystery, but filmmakers promise the return of the same Leatherface from 1974. You can see the photos offered by EW below.

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(Photo: Yana Blajeva/Netflix/Entertainment Weekly)
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(Photo: Yana Blajeva/Netflix/Entertainment Weekly)

The story credit goes to Fede Alvarez and his writing partner Rodo Sayagues. The two are most notable for the reboot of another horror classic, The Evil Dead. The film premiered in 2013 and many think that it stood on its own (CBR). This bodes well for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel, which Alvarez is excited about. “Me and Rodo really wanted to make sure we don’t disappoint the fans, and we are [among them]. So it’s pretty hardcore. But at the same time it has the simplicity of that first film,” the writer said.

While the original film depicted its characters as part of the hippie movement, Alvarez says that the new film is more about gentrification. A group of young people make their way to a Texan ghost town, intent on getting away from the city. Their plan is to make it their own and invite others to join. This will of course not go to plan when they encounter Leatherface. The canon of the new film generally ignores the sequels. As the original film – billed as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – became a horror touchstone, this may be the right decision.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was directed by Tobe Hooper who went on to direct other notable properties such as Salem’s Lot and Poltergeist. The ‘70s were the prime time for terrifying horror and this is just one of those examples. The Exorcist was famous for the physical reactions audience members had to watching the film in the theater (AV Club).

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However, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was monumental for a reason. Many consider the film to still be one of the scariest horror movies of all time (via Buzzfeed). There was no reason for Leatherface and his family to be terrorizing Sally and her friends, other than the fact they were simply just there. The film is also a rare occurrence of a slasher film that takes place during the day. As newcomer Sarah Yarkin who plays Melody points out, the original film had a distinct indie vibe. This is true as the film was only made for $300,000, according to Den of Geek. The franchise became a classic for a reason.

The 2022 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre can only hope to live up to the large undertaking of the original. One of the biggest losses is the absence of Gunnar Hansen. Hansen portrayed Leatherface in Hooper’s film and has since passed away. Hansen famously never speaks in the original film, but his physicality is important. Audiences will get to see if Texas Chainsaw Massacre measures up when it hits Netflix on February 18th, 2022.