Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre cast, Leatherface, weird plot, revealed
A sequel-ish, reboot-like extension of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is pertaining to Netflix on Feb. 18, 2022. The brand-new motion picture, which distinguishes from Tobe Hopper’s 1974 initial by dropping that movie’s “The” and linking the “Chainsaw” is implied to be a direct follow up of that initial, while not totally dropping the connection of the original’s follows up. If that sounds complicated, manufacturer Fede Álvarez’s simplify in a brand-new interview in Home Entertainment Weekly.
“When I say ‘direct sequel’ I wouldn’t say it skips everything,” the director of the 2013 Evil Dead reboot, states. “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.”
Connection with an almost 50-year old motion picture can be challenging enough. What has Leatherface, the franchise’s chainsaw-swinging killer, been doing all this time when we see him in Texas Chainsaw Massacre? He’s “been in hiding for a long, long time, trying to be a good person,” according to Álvarez, up until beginners to his village “awaken the giant.” Leatherface’s kindness in between murder sprees stay to be seen.
New photos are likewise up of the cast, which, as has actually been kept in mind on Twitter, do bear a striking similarity to Complete Stranger Things.
However it’s unjust to evaluate a film from one still image. If anything, the timing does appear right for Leatherface to create chaos yet once again. It’s tough to downplay the effect of Hooper’s initial — on the 29-year old director, the city of Austin, Texas, the possibilities of the scary category, and moviemaking in basic.
As Hooper informed Texas Regular monthly in 2004, he didn’t initially wish to make a scary motion picture. However with no cash, no cast, and just one other not successful motion picture behind him, an art-house job that generally drew in the hippies who’d later on end up being Leatherface’s targets, the director didn’t have lots of alternatives. “What do you do? Horror films is about it.”
The idea for the movie came to Hooper during a crowded holiday season. “There were these big Christmas crowds, I was frustrated, and I found myself near a display rack of chain saws,” Hooper told Texas Monthly. “I just kind of zoned in on it. I did a rack focus to the saws, and I thought, ‘I know a way I could get through this crowd really quickly.’ I went home, sat down, all the channels just tuned in, the zeitgeist blew through, and the whole damn story came to me in what seemed like about thirty seconds.”
Those daydreamy 30 seconds have created a legacy that’s now over 30 years old. Perhaps a movie so quickly conceived was never meant to spawn a franchise, but that’s what happened. Hooper directed a sequel in 1986 which dropped the cinéma vérité approach for more comedic elements, and received mixed reviews. Then came Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III in 1990, which features a 32-year old Viggo Mortensen and a lot of gore, but not much else.
The franchise was eventually given a Michael Bay-backed reboot in 2003, and now it seems that every generation gets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot they deserve. For the new movie, director David Blue Garcia (Tejano) told EW that “Fede hammered, ‘Practical, practical, practical,’” and that, while shooting in Bulgaria, “there were times when I’d walk into the hotel after a day of shooting and be covered head to toe in blood.” Of course, practical effects aren’t the same as when Hooper was first shooting, and there surely will be some visual effects work on the finished product. But the goal was to deliver something visceral.
Despite not shooting on location in the Lone Star state, Garcia also intends for the movie to comment on the changing nature of Texas. Austin was once where outlaws and hippies eyed each other uneasily, coming together just for Willie Nelson concerts. Hooper’s ’70s Texas is long gone, replaced by a rapidly growing tech sector that is now considered the “biggest winner” of the COVID-19 pandemic, with workers rapidly expanding the city and driving up rent. A horror of a different breed.
In the new motion picture’s description provided by Netflix, “Melody (Sarah Yarkin), her teenage sister Lila (Elsie Fisher), and their friends Dante (Jacob Latimore) and Ruth (Nell Hudson), head to the remote town of Harlow, Texas to start an idealistic new business venture.”
Whether the motion picture’s brand-new version of Leatherface will saw techies in half stays to be seen.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.