Review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Netflix Acquires Global Rights from Legendary Pictures

Daljit Kalsi

Netflix has acquired the global rights to the new film in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise from Legendary Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The next installment was directed by David Blue Garcia (Tejano) and written by Chris Thomas Devlin (Cobweb) from a story by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.

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The new film, a continuation of Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel’s 1974 seminal horror classic, marks the return of Leatherface, reintroducing one of the most iconic villains of the horror genre to a whole new generation. Filming took place last year in Bulgaria.

The new movie “takes place years after the shocking events of the original, in a setting where Leatherface hasn’t been seen or heard from since,” according to Netflix and Legendary. “The film seeks to pick up where the Hooper and Kim Henkel film initially left off, bringing the most notorious franchise back to life in the same bold and provocative manner that it was first introduced.”

Alvarez previously shared that the movie “is a direct sequel, and it is the same character. It is old man Leatherface.” He went on to tease that the sequel will use practical effects, taking on an “old school approach to filmmaking” including vintage lenses and “old school gags.”

A poster released in October 2020 read: “In 1974, the world witnessed one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history. In 2021, the face of madness returns.”

The movie stars Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Sarah Yarkin (Happy Death Day 2U), Mark Burnham (Wrong Cops), Moe Dunford (The Dig), Olwen Fouéré (Mandy), Alice Krige (Star Trek), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), Nell Hudson (Victoria), Jessica Allain (The Laundromat), Sam Douglas (Snatch), William Hope (Dark Shadows), and Jolyon Coy (War & Peace).

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie is produced by Fede Alvarez, who is known for directing Don’t Breathe and 2013’s Evil Dead, along with Rodolfo Sayagues through the Bad Hombre banner. Kim Henkel, who co-wrote the 1974 film, is also producing alongside Ian Henkel and Pat Cassidy who are producing through their Exurbia Films, and Legendary.

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