Directed by: David Blue Garcia
Run Time: 1h 21m
Watch it On: Netflix NZ
Synopsis: Awakened from a near 50 year hiatus from his murderous ways, Leatherface returns more bad ass than ever to take revenge on the meddling 20-somethings who arrive in his town.
There’s a lot of online chatter right now of horror fans trying to compare the brand new Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022 with Tobe Hooper’s classic from 1974.
But with a franchise 9 movies deep into its universe, how can we ever expect to get back to the gritty, visceral originality the first one provided us with?
Well, the answer is pretty simple. We can’t.
I mean, we can try and compare the two, but viewers will quickly realize TCM 1974 and its 2022 counterpart are near polar opposites of each other.
TCM 1974 was a slow burn Texas drawl of tension set under full daylight and unflinching heat. It saw actors pushed to their breaking points and quite possibly beyond as it ramped up to the big finale.
In contrast, TCM 2022 hits the ground running with the first kill happening around the 15 minute mark, and boy is it a doozy. Dark shadows, stormy skies, and a whole heap of gore helps ensure you won’t make any mistakes about the type of movie you’re in for.
Now don’t get me wrong, TCM 2022 has some issues. The vacant main characters mean we could care less as Leatherface picks them off one by one. But that’s the point of a good ol’ fashioned slasher isn’t it?
While there certainly isn’t anything revolutionary about TCM 2022, it doesn’t mean it’s not a good time. In fact, it’s a very good time and the perfect opportunity to turn your mind off and let your reptilian brain take over for this bloody 80 minute ride.
So, if you’re looking for a gorefest with a plot that doesn’t matter and kills you can cheer for, this is the movie for you. Don’t bother thinking it’s going to be a cerebral Hereditary mind fuck. This is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre baby, and it’s full on slasher goodness.