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In 1974, horror cinema as the world knew it was torn apart and reborn into something new with the release of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. One of the most influential films of its genre, its legacy reverberates to this day. This spawned a whole new kind of slasher.
the original Chain saw tells the story of a group of friends driving through rural Texas who come across what appears to be a deserted house that ends up containing something much more sinister: Leatherface.
A man who wears the skin of those he kills as his own and uses a chainsaw as his weapon of choice, he has quickly carved out a place for himself as a horror icon for the ages. Made on a limited budget that used only a tiny amount of actual gore, the film endures because of how every detail, from the precise sound design to the striking visuals, is finely tuned to create abject terror.
Now, nearly 50 years after the original scared audiences, a new film attempts to follow in its bloody and laborious footsteps. Simply titled Chainsaw Massacre, drop the essential the, it hits Netflix on Friday, February 18 and is a direct sequel to the original set 50 Years Later. However, it’s by no means the first sequel to what has been a long-running, shuffled bag of movies.
Not counting this new entry, there were seven amazing Chain saw sequels of largely decreasing quality. The first, 1986 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, is the most worth seeing, mainly because it was the only sequel directed by the late Hooper himself. It’s become cult, and it’s easy to see why the director took the film in an undeniably new direction that saw him poke fun at his earlier work. While not quite a parody, it uses similar scenarios and visual references that then become something new when they get absurd.
youluckily there are so many more sequels who lacked this vision. I’ve seen them all, although it’s hard to recommend them to anyone else.
To end the original story, there was the 1990s Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III then 1995 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. The first is an uncertain roaming-around-the-woods-type film that never finds its place. The next generation is a deeply flawed film although it’s admirable for how chaotic it gets in its finale.
There are somehow also two Additional stories told through several films. There is the remake of the original, 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then the 2006 prequel to said remake, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Both are stark imitations of what came before.
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Then there is 2013 3D Texas Chainsaw, which attempts to be a redemptive reinvention of history. This was followed by 2017 leatherface, a prequel to both the original and 3D Texas Chainsaw.
All of these follow-up films muddled and stretched the story in many ways that threatened to tarnish just how remarkable the original was. Yet that’s not the case, which goes to show just how much this first film lives on as a horror masterpiece.
This brings us back to the last film. It’s hard to imagine it will be as bad as some of the series’ lowest points. We hope it will be like the newest Yell and surprise us in how it complements all of the above. We fear it’s like the abyss halloween kills it only succeeded in killing interest in further sequels to this story. From what we’ve seen so far, you unfortunately need to be prepared for the latter.
Whatever the ending, we can always find solace in returning to the magnificence of the original. After all, the dominant impact of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is that it can still remain such an amazing horror movie, no matter how many sequels try to not live up to its legacy. ♦