Sunday November 27, 2022

Netflix’s New Texas Chainsaw Massacre IS TOTALLY Unnecessary

Leatherface defends his turf.Image: NetflixTobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is really a horror masterpiece-a gruesome, chilling exploration of why you shouldn’t poke around other people’s property, in rural Texas especially. It’s a tale other filmmakers haven’t had the opportunity to resist revisiting, with diminishing returns. Today the most recent exemplory case of this hits Netflix.AdvertisementDirected by David Blue Garcia from the script by Chris Thomas Devlin-and a tale by co-producers Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, who made Don’t Breathe and the 2013 Evil Dead remake-Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which follows the recent trend of just naming one’s sequel/reboot following the original property (see: Halloween, Candyman, Scream), posits itself as a primary sequel to the 1974 film. That might be taken being an insult to Hooper’s horror comedy classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and soon you realize this 2022 take can be an equal-opportunity insult machine. Nobody is safe: small-town Texans, city slickers with gentrification on the dollar and minds signs to them, school-shooting victims, among the series’ most significant legacy characters, & most of all audience, fans of Hooper’s films particularly. Only Leatherface, the chainsaw-swinging villain played by Mark Burnham here, escapes along with his dignity (mostly) intact.City slickers, meet thy doom.Image: NetflixThe set-up reaches least somewhat novel. Business partners Melody (Sarah Yarkin) and Dante (Jacob Latimore), alongside Dante’s girlfriend Ruth (Nell Hudson) and Melody’s sister Lila (Castle Rock’s Elsie Fisher), check out the deserted town of Harlow, Texas, the location they’ve selected to make a hip utopia for social-media and artists influencers. Many things concerning this plan create a large amount of sense don’t, but in the real name of plot conflict, the quartet pulls into Harlow-the place they’ve staked their futures on-for what’s apparently the first time just before a bus filled with their potential investors. They’re aghast to understand that certain of the town’s most prominent buildings, a vintage orphanage with a tattered Confederate flag on its façade, continues to be occupied by an elderly woman (Star Trek: First Contact’s Alice Krige) who’s been there for many years, with among the “children” under her care still.Who this orphan is actually is not any secret, though since Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn’t trust its viewers whatsoever to find that out, we get multiple lingering shots of an organization photograph showing a hulking figure having an obscured face standing at the trunk. Can it be the type foreshadowed in the film’s prologue and opening scenes heavily… and the only real character anyone is watching this movie to see, a particular Leatherface? Fans of the initial film shall start to see the yawning plot hole here, that is that in the 1974 film, Leatherface had been an adult coping with his (let’s call them eccentric) family within their farmhouse, something the 2022 film reminds us of. So did he transfer to the orphanage following the original massacre and, like, go out with Alice Krige’s character for 48 years, somehow escaping detection and squelching the urge to slaughter people who have the chainsaw he’s kept tucked right into a special hiding place all of this time?Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré) plots revenge.Image: NetflixThis information remains elusive, but there’s very little else left to the imagination in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Nobody would call the initial film “subtle”-it is really a movie where people decorate their house with body parts, along with other people get hung on meat hooks and bashed in the top with hammers-but it had nuance when it found setting the scene and pacing its startling plot turns. There’s an aura of menace, a feeling that the initial victims are blundering right into a bad place but are too self-absorbed to understand it. The brand new film’s characters may also be self-absorbed (and self-righteous, and not capable of making logical decisions), however the movie goes one further and makes them detestable caricatures instantly. You need Leatherface to create barbecue out of the disposable assholes, that is the idea perhaps, except for both people who’re said to be sympathetic: Lila, whose entire characterization is “she endured a school shooting” (filled with flashbacks, probably the most self-serious facet of a movie that’s already much too self-serious), and Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré, overtaking for the late Marilyn Burns), the only real survivor of the 1974 film.AdvertisementThe inclusion of Sally-who’s introduced in a scene where she’s carving up a huge little bit of meat, and contains apparently been plotting payback for pretty much 50 years-sets her around function as Laurie Strode of the movie, or at the very least the same as Dennis Hopper in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. But as cool since it would be to bring her back, it’s also supremely frustrating that she doesn’t reach do more, and that people don’t reach find out about her. It feels as though a wasted opportunity. Instead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre has the required time showing Leatherface barging onto a bus filled with people whose first instinct would be to start livestreaming his entrance (since we are able to see their screens, we’re aware of snarky comments like “That looks so fake!”), that leads in to the goriest scene in the movie, that is the very best scene automagically also, due to the fact it’s the only real memorable one. AdvertisementTexas Chainsaw Massacre now could be streaming on Netflix.Wondering where our Feed went? It is possible to select the new up one here.Advertisement

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