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Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The franchise branched out into several sequels, prequels, and remakes before deciding to continue the original story. However, Netflix’s horror movie installment brings back the classic in more ways than one. Texas Chainsaw Massacre sees Leatherface bring back one particularly deadly prop from the original.

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ brings Leatherface out of hiding

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Mark Burnham as Leatherface holding up skin mask
Mark Burnham as Leatherface | Yana Blajeva/Legendary/Netflix

Leatherface disappeared after the 1973 massacre that left only one survivor. Melody (Sarah Yarkin) and her younger sister, Lila (Elsie Fisher), head to a remote Texas town. They seek to create a new community away from the dangers of the city along with their friends named Dante (Jacob Latimore) and Ruth (Nell Hudson). However, they don’t realize that they’re stepping into somewhere even more dangerous.

Sally (Olwen Fouéré) has sought revenge for nearly 50 years after all of her friends died in the massacre. Texas Chainsaw Massacre finds Leatherface coming out of hiding for the first time in decades. However, Sally is ready to hunt him down to finally take her revenge for her sake and in the memory of her dear friends.

Leatherface uses the original chainsaw from Tobe Hooper’s original ‘The The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

Screen Rant interviewed Texas Chainsaw Massacre director David Blue Garcia. He talked about his experience working on a direct sequel to Hooper’s classic horror movie. However, he was able to bring one of Leatherface’s original chainsaws into the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

“We had this very old chainsaw and I was told it’s one of the original chainsaws from the first movie,” Garcia said. “This is what I was told. So I had a sort of reverence for it. And I will tell you, it’s very old and it hardly ever started. I would take 10 to 15 to 20 minutes sometimes of just [revving noises] trying to get it started, and once it was on, we didn’t know how long it would stay on because it would just turn off whenever it wanted.”

Garcia continued: “It put out these terrible fumes. I mean, so much smoke to the point where I say that if Leatherface had really walked onto that bus, he could have just stood there for about 30 seconds and everyone would have died of asphyxiation before he even had a chance to cut them up.”

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre introduces a seriously brutal depiction of Leatherface. Hooper’s original film doesn’t show a whole lot on screen when it comes to violence. However, Garcia doesn’t shy away from it in the least. He isn’t afraid to show the carnage up-close and personal.

Critics and audiences are generally criticizing Texas Chainsaw Massacre for its focus on blood and gore, and its lack of tense storytelling. However, some are praising the film’s sheer brutality and bringing Leatherface back to the screen in a stomach-churning fashion.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.