Horror Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.

As usual I will try my best to try and make this as spoiler free as possible but it’s going to be tough as there are certain things I need to point out.

One obvious thing that I don’t think needs pointing (but I’m going to do so anyway) is the synopsis is almost identical to the recently rebooted “Halloween” franchise. I hope this isn’t becoming a trend for new reboots of old franchises going forward, its getting tiresome already.

Talking of the returning character, in my opinion I thought they completely wasted ‘Sally’ and she was more a marketing ploy as she felt like a complete after thought and was very anti-climatic. I think her character deserved so much more and would have been better off not being in it at all.

Sadly I found the film to be, well boring really. The characters were very unlikable, the story wasn’t exactly great and the social commentary they forced in just fell flat. The film was only just over 80 minutes long, which I found that the story felt rushed through even with a paper thin plot.

SPOILER ALERT! Despite all this there was one thing that really truly irked me, since when did ‘Leatherface’ become invulnerable? We see him get stabbed and more and yet he never utters a sound and keeps coming back for more?! I don’t think the writers understood who ‘Leatherface’ really is.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has some good points, it features some absolutely amazing cinematography and plenty of gore if you like that. It’s just too little to save it, this had potential but ultimately it feels like a made at the the last minute homework project.

If you want to see “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

The film was initially slated for a theatrical release in 2021, but all plans were scrapped after a string of disastrous test screenings. It was subsequently sold to Netflix, where it eventually debuted in February 2022.

John Larroquette narrates the opening of the film, as well as the original in 1974 and the remake in 2003.

The first Texas Chainsaw movie to feature the original’s main character, Sally. However, in this film, she is played by Olwen Fouéré as the original actor, Marilyn Burns, tragically passed away on August 5, 2014.

On August 24, 2020, initial directors and brothers Ryan Tohill and Andy Tohill split from the project during the film’s first week of production in Bulgaria. The duo was replaced with David Blue Garcia, who scrapped and reshot the previous footage.

John Larroquette, who is narrator at the beginning, was the narrator of the original 1974 movie, as well as the 2003 remake and it’s prequel(2006).

Sally’s barn and house, seen during her introductory scene when she receives the phone call about Leatherface returning, are sets from the production of Rambo: Last Blood (2019).

Initially during the development of Leatherface (2017), the producers had the film rights and intention to make five more Texas Chain Saw Massacre films. In April 2015, producer Christa Campbell stated that the fate of the potential sequels would largely depend on the financial and critical reception to Leatherface. By December 2017, Lionsgate and Millennium Films had lost the film rights, due to the amount of time it took to release Leatherface, and in August 2018, it was reported that Legendary Pictures had entered preliminary negotiations to purchase the film rights to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with the studio intending to adapt television and film installments.

Like all other sequels and remakes of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and unlike the original, this version contracts “chainsaw” into a single word in the title.

The sound effect of the barbecue lid being opened is a musical cue from the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Fede Álvarez spoke about this film’s relation to the other sequels, that the film does not explicitly erase the continuity of them, saying: “When movies do that, sometimes it feels a bit disrespectful to all the other films. Some people love Texas Chainsaw 2. I love a lot of things about that movie — it’s so wacky and of its time. But the rest is such a mess canon-wise. I think it’s up to you to decide when and how the events of the other movies happen.”

This movie has a short end credits scene

One of the comments on the live videos during the bus scene is from David Blue Garcia, director of the film.

Now Playing Podcast reviewed Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This film received one “recommend” and two “not recommends”.

The road sign shows the town of Harlow as having a population of 1,974. The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre was released in 1974.

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