It’s been forty-eight years since director Tobe Hooper introduced the world to one of the most visceral horror icons of all time. When Netflix announced they would be resurrecting Leatherface for a new installment to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, horror fans went wild. With the resurgence of classic horror films coming into the present day with modern twists, there is no better time than to reintroduce Texas Chainsaw to a new generation of horror fanatics, and Netflix is the perfect platform. The new trailer that was released held numerous Easter eggs of not only what we can expect, but of exactly the kind of movie it’s going to be.
Trailers often give away too much of the best parts of a movie. They show all the best comedic scenes for comedies, all the drama for romance, and all the jump scares for horror. Sometimes, the more vague the trailer the better, but after getting a glimpse at Leatherface’s rotting skin mask, it’s almost impossible to not want more. So sit back, relax, and let’s take another look at the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre trailer for any details you may have missed.
Same Horrors, New House
The 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre was shot near Round Rock, Texas in an early 1900s farmhouse. The original home has since been moved to Kingsland, Texas and now serves as a functioning café. In the new trailer for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, an exterior front of the home is shown. At a closer look, it can be determined that the house is completely different from the original home. One can assume that maybe the family had to move to avoid being found after Sally exposed them and was picked up by the truck in the end. Hopefully, this is explored further in the new installment to the franchise; however, if not, it is certainly a detail that can be easily overlooked.
Replacing Sally Hardesty
Sally Hardesty, the final girl, was portrayed by Marilyn Burns in the 1974 original film. She even reprised her role in the 2013 remake. In various interviews, it was said that out of the entire cast of the 1974 version, she was the one who was the most optimistic that the film would get made. The rest of the cast figured that the film would be scrapped and all their hard work in horrendous working conditions would be a waste. Sadly, the optimistic Burns passed away in 2014 leaving the 2022 film to find a replacement that would almost go unnoticed. Taking a closer look at the trailer, it is easy to see that the new Sally looks almost nothing like the original actress. Luckily, the film is set almost fifty years after the original, allowing for an easy explanation to any facial discrepancies.
One of the most jarring aspects about the 1974 storyline of Texas Chainsaw was how desolate the Texas town actually was. Once the slaughterhouse was shut down, any traffic that may have been coming through essentially ceased, hence why the Sawyer Family started selling human BBQ at the gas station. As the story goes, the original band of teens was only supposed to be driving through while on their way to their family’s house before they were interrupted by the hitchhiker. If you listen closely to the new trailer, it is explained that the town of Harlow Texas would be the perfect place to rebuild.
Modernizing and gentrifying old towns happens all over the country. The idea of gentrification in terms of Texas Chainsaw is that the millennials who find themselves trying to capitalize on the potential of Harlow did not take the time to learn the true history. Which can be interpreted as a direct comment on younger horror fans and their take on elevated horror. Much like the premise of Halloween 2018, Lori’s family does not understand the true horror of Micheal Myers until they are faced with it themselves, and it is up to Lori to save them. Taking a closer look at the trailer for Texas Chainsaw it seems like the same is going to be true in terms of Sally’s return.
A Man of Many Masks
If you’re a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, you know that Leatherface is a man of many masks. Whether it’s his iconic original skin mask or the most notable lady make-up mask, Leatherface commands attention. However, in Netflix’s new installment, it seems like he has seen better days. The trailer does not give much a way in terms of gruesome horror. Yet, it does not leave any room for surprise for Leather’s new look. Taking a closer look, you can see that the mask almost looks like rotting skin. It’s thin, drooping, and even has a different tint. Not to mention how stingy his hair is as opposed to the previous masks.This is a direct comment on how much time has lapsed and how limited his resources must be. The release of the newest trailer only elevated the excitement for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and despite the passage of time, whether he is old or in his prime, Leatherface is still one hell of a horror icon.
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