The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a very interesting franchise. The first film, which is as iconic as it terrifying was followed up by a sequel people either love or hate. After a few sequels that failed to keep the franchise alive, Michael Bay stepped in to remake the original and it was okay for what it was. After that we got the horrendous Texas Chainsaw 3D and the even more forgettable Leatherface.
Now, the director of the Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez, has put his own spin on the TCM franchise by creating a “Requel.” Ignoring all the other films, except for the original, TCM ’22 brings the franchise into modern day.
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. But their dream soon turns into a waking nightmare when they accidentally disrupt the home of Leatherface, the deranged serial killer whose blood-soaked legacy continues to haunt the area’s residents — including Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré), the sole survivor of his infamous 1973 massacre who’s hell-bent on seeking revenge.
So we get a little David Gordon Green Halloween with the original female protagonist returning to fight her antagonist after 50 years. It doesn’t have the same impact as Laurie Strode fighting Michael Myers but it’s still nice to see Sally return to the franchise.
Now as for the rest of the cast, well it’s what you expect from woke millennials. Snobby, race baiting, gun hating, non-binary culture climate social justice warriors. Their big idea? Turn forgotten and run down small town of Harlow, Texas into a woke oasis. One small problem, they evict Leatherface’s caretaker and the monster that was buried away in his psyche returns with a vengeance.
The film has some inventive kills and some outrageous gore scenes. The kill in the back of a police van and the bus massacre are two highlights of the film. However despite this the rest of the film is just passable. It’s not horrible by any means but certain characters kind of feel like they got the short end of the stick and you just when you start to like them they are killed in the next scene.
The ending does a nice homage to the original film and you know Netflix is banking on doing more if the film is a hit.
In conclusion, it’s not the greatest horror film you’ll see this year but it is still pretty damn fun to watch.
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