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Film Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

My name is Nathan and I am a very big film buff who loves the art of cinema


"Texas Chainsaw Massacre," copies the same formula as a recent trend in horror movie sequels which attempt to appeal to a newer generations of audiences. Nearly 50 years after the events of the original film, sisters, Lila (Elsie Fischer), Melody (Sarah Yarkin) and their friend Ruth (Nell Hudson), and her boyfriend Dante (Jacob Latimore) arrive in the ghost town of Harlow, Texas hoping to buy up real estate in the area. Among the arrival of people arriving in the town, Melody seems to be the only who feels reservations about buying up real estate after forcing an elderly woman (Alice Krige) living in an abandoned orphanage out of her home. Her reservations turn into fear as the women's adopted son turns out to be none other than Leatherface (Mark Burnham) who uses his chainsaw to slaughter those who are invading his territory. The killings soon brings back the Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré), the sole survivor from the first film to settle a 50 year old grudge against Leatherface.

The latest "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," film has nothing new to add to the franchise and keeps following the same plot as the previous films where all that happens is people come across Leatherface and try run away from him. The film has no originality and has taken its premise from "Halloween," (2018) where in both films the hero waits years to take on the villain. The writers turn the hero of the original film into a completely disposable character whose appearance is to build bridges between the original film and the sequel. What I just don't find it realistic that Sally would be waiting all of these years for Leatherface as someone like him wouldn't be able to stay on the run all of these years and her final duel with Leatherface where he is somehow able to block bullets with his chainsaw. This original film focused less on gore and more on terror from what you would least expect while this film is just plain gross with its gore and repetitive premise borrowed from another film that doesn't make the film memorable.

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