TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (18)
D: David Blue Garcia
Netflix / Legendary / Exurbia / Bad Hombre (Fede Alvarez, Herbert W. Gaines, Kim Henkel, Ian Henkel & Pat Cassidy)
US 🇺🇸 2022
W: Chris Thomas Devlin [based on characters created by Tobe Hooper & Kim Henkel]
DP: Ricardo Diaz
Ed: Christopher S. Capp
Mus: Colin Stetson
Elsie Fisher (Lila), Sarah Yarkin (Melody), Moe Dunford (Richter), Jacob Latimore (Dante), Mark Burnham (Leatherface), Olwen Fouere (Sally Hardesty)
A 2022 sequel to the 1974 film that ignores all the other sequels, remakes, reboots and spin-offs made between, taking a group of progressive, millennial entrepreneurs to the abandoned town of Harlow, Texas, where they plan to sell off the derelict buildings and gentrify the area to a bunch of teenagers who seem more interested in partying on a bus.
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre still holds up as one of the best horror movies of all time, and didn’t need anything added, particularly not any backstory or the necessity to give its iconic villain (Leatherface) any motives. Sometimes a maniac can just be a maniac, and horror stories have worked since the dawn of time with this premise.
This is basically a remake for the TikTok generation, plonking a bunch of idiots into a smorgasbord so a murderous madman can exact his twisted revenge. The only element that makes this a sequel is the return of the Sally character from the first movie, who wants revenge for the trauma she suffered, but her presence only results in unintentional comedy.
One small crumb of positivity is that it is competently directed, with some gory and effective death scenes. All the faults here lie solely with the screenplay, unlikeable characters and Hollywood’s obsession with remaking shit when they don’t need to. If a horror movie makes you feel more empathy for a chainsaw-wielding maniac rather than their victims, then it has failed to represent its genre.