“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.”

Director: David Blue Garcia
Writers: David Blue Garcia, Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Staring: Alice Krige, Elsie Fisher, Nell Hudson, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham (Bunch of other people I don’t know)
Release Date: February 18, 2022
Streaming: Netflix

First off, before we even get into the trailer. Looking at the cast for this movie, does anyone recognize anyone? Am I just out of the loop? None of these names sound familiar at all. The only name that even rings a slight bell is Eslie Fisher because I recognize here from Eighth Grade (2018). Once I take a closer look I recognize the face of William Hope from Aliens (1986) and he has been in a crap ton of movies but I just don’t recognize his name off the cuff. The lack of super noticeable cast is not a bad thing by any means. Let young and new actors get their shine in a movie that a ton of people are going to watch. Part of me wishes there was at least one name I had immediate connection to so I got a sense of their character, but part of me is excited to see all new faces.

In terms of the director David Blue Garcia, this is only his second major motion picture. He made Tejano (2018), which reviews were mixed for. Now he is stepping into the funnel that is Netflix originals and he has a franchise now that people are passionate about. It is a chance for him to make a name for himself like David Gordon Green with his re-ignition of the Halloween franchise. Thought speaking personally, let’s hope that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) is a step above what the Halloween new cannon sequels have been.

So are we doing this retconning of sequels for horror movies in all the prominent franchises? We had it with Halloween (2018), which was a moderate success. We don’t talk about Halloween Kills (2021). I would be worried to do a different sequel to A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) because they the two sequels following it weren’t too terrible. I would be willing to say that A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) is actually good. What about Friday The 13th (1980) has not had any memorable sequels, but to try and do a direct follow-up to the original where the mom was the killer? That has to be hard.

This is a weird trend, but I can see it working with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The sequel to the 1974 original (which is a master piece), is a terrible piece of garbage. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986) is nothing like its predecessor. It plays more like a slapstick comedy. Maybe this rendition of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be better.

Now, getting to this trailer.

It is a short one. One minute and twenty-five seconds. That is appropriate.

We get shots of the house and landscape that fans will remember from the original. A family portrait arises on the screen and a face of a large kid is scratched out. Someone didn’t want people to remember Leatherface.

I do not love the text popping up on the screen: “In 1974 A Horror Legend Was Born” followed by “In 2022 The Face Of Madness Returns.” The live action shots in between the text fly-ins are of Leatherface breaking down a wall and grabbing his famed chainsaw. Bloodshed is set to ensue and we see some of the carnage at the 38 second mark with it dropping on the floor.

The next sequence in the trailer is a young women trapped underneath the woodwork while Leatherface is stomping right above her. It is a horror movie cliche moment. It is a safety net for cheap thrills. Wish they were more original with what they put in the trailer.

The best shot in the entire trailer is when Leatherface is raising his mask to the son like Simba in The Lion King (1994).

As you can tell from my recap of the trailer here…it is not very inspiring. Was wishing for more. I will still watch but am expecting dissapointment.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre gives you good Valentine’s Day cheer as it is being released on February 18, 2022 on Netflix.

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