Back in October of 2020, it was revealed that a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel was officially in the works. Then in April, it was announced that the film would get a hard R rating for “strong bloody horror violence and gore, and language”, and last week we finally got our first look at Leatherface in the new film. Now, the first trailer for Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been released, and while it’s brief and bloodless, it definitely sets the mood.
As you’ll see in the footage below, Netflix’s new Texas Chainsaw Massacre seems more focused on Leatherface’s legacy of terror and house of horrors than the cannibal family that has preoccupied so much of the previous films in the franchise. The preview shows the infamous killer freeing his chainsaw from its hiding place in the walls of his home and then terrorizing a young girl beneath his floorboards. That said, it also ends with Leatherface holding a cut-off human face, so fans can at least expect there to be some of the ghoulish violence they’ve come to expect from the series.
This is in keeping with recent descriptions of the movie from producer Fede Alvarez, who described the film’s version of Leatherface as “basically the same character, who is still alive. Our take on it was this guy probably disappeared after everything he’s done. You know, how do you catch a guy who has a mask? Once he removes the mask and runs away, it’s very easy for him to hide somewhere. This story will pick it up many, many years after the original story. He’s been in hiding for a long, long time, trying to be a good person. These people arriving in this town are going to awaken the giant.”
Check out the trailer below:
Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes to Netflix on February 18th, 2022.
Words by Chris Krovatin