I really wish Netflix did more to promote movies. When Texas Chainsaw Massacre was announced in 2018, I was interested because I’m a fan of Leatherface. I didn’t hear much about it after that, until the latter part of last year. I learned that there was a shake up in the role of director, which might be one of the reasons that it wasn’t advertised like it should have been. That being said Netflix isn’t one to advertise a lot of things. It’s almost as if they want everything they make to only have word of mouth advertising rather than spending money on it.
I also think they were banking on Fede Álvarez’s name doing a lot of the advertising. His name carry some weight in the horror genre. David Blue Garcia was the person that ended up being in the director’s chair with Chris Thomas Devlin writing the screenplay based on the story by Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues. Both Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel get based on credits for their characters, with Henkel even getting a producing credit. The movie is shot well enough and the story is alright. There are some things that don’t really need to be in it, but they don’t detract from the enjoyment of the movie. The characters are mostly unlikable, and no one really sticks out, so it’s a movie filled with mostly forgettable unlikable assholes for Leatherface to kill.
Elsie Fisher does a lot of the emotional heavy lifting in this movie. She plays the one truly memorable character. She’s backed up by Sarah Yarkin, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Moe Dunford, Alice Krige, Jessica Allain, Olwen Fouéré, and Mark Burnham. John Larroquette returns as the narrator, this time of a documentary about the events of the original movie. I had a bad feeling about what was going to happen as soon as I saw Krige on screen which comes from my time watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I felt like Fouéré was kind of wasted in the movie. The entire use of Sally felt tacked on and the movie would have worked without her. I do want to mention Burnham as Leatherface. His physicality is interesting and is suitably brutal.
The CG in this movie is kind of not great looking. I don’t want to mention too much about it, because I don’t know how much time they were given. Some of it would have worked better on camera if it had been practical effects. There were practical effects used throughout and it looks much better on camera. The mask that Leatherface has in the movie looks kind of goofy. The way that he makes the mask it makes sense that it looks the way it does. The music by Colin Stetson is good.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a fun but unnecessary sequel in a messy franchise. As far as I know this movie does the same thing that Halloween 2018 did for that franchise. It definitely feels like its supposed to fill the same role. I don’t know if this is supposed to set up more movies. One of the worst things about this coming out on Netflix is that it almost certainly won’t get a physical release. Netflix has been against releasing some of their recent releases physically, specifically Midnight Mass. You can stream Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Netflix. I give Texas Chainsaw Massacre 6 Chainsaws out of 10.