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Netflix’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Filming Details & Everything We Know So Far

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Netflix’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Filming Details & Everything We Know So Far

Leatherface has been gone for nearly half a century…or so we thought. Looks like the mass murderer of the ’70s is back for more blood. The upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a direct sequel of the 1974 slasher horror flick of the same name.

The all-new Texas Chainsaw Massacre continues the story of the 1974 movie, with Sally Hardesty, the sole survivor of the original massacre, ready to take her revenge on the cannibalistic killer. The plot follows a group of youngsters who plan to set up a business in the remote town of Harlow, Texas. Little do they know that the town in question was the site of the infamous bloodbath of 1974 and the history still haunts the locals. Somewhere in a corner of the town, Leatherface, the evil behind the massacre, has been hiding for decades, and now, as his guarded living is disturbed by the newcomers, nothing will stop him from reigniting his killing spree.

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The sequel to the cult-classic slasher flick is directed by David Blue Garcia and scripted by Chris Thomas Devlin, who is also known for his previous work on Cobweb (2021). The movie is based on an original story written by Fede Álvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) and Rodo Sayagues (Don’t Breathe, Don’t Breathe 2). The Netflix movie is the ninth installment in the popular, long-running franchise, but steers clear from all the other remakes/reboots and spin-offs made since the release of the original movie. Looks like the years of hiding didn’t change much for Leatherface. Despite being almost sixty years old, his thirst for blood and maniacal killing is going to terrorize Texas once more.

Could it be for the last time? Who knows? But it definitely sounds like the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre is going to be a blood-curdling experience. So, brace yourself and read on for all the details about the plot, trailer, cast, filming, and everything else that has been revealed so far about the upcoming horror thriller.

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Watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Trailer

Netflix released the official trailer for Texas Chainsaw Massacre on December 3, 2021. The roughly one-minute video gives audiences their first look into the slasher sequel and what you can expect from the same.

The clip opens with ominous music playing in the background, foreshadowing the haunting experience that you are about to have. Through the spine-chilling and dark scenes, it shows a hand pulling out the fabled chainsaw from behind a wall. It’s obvious that it’s Leatherface, back for more. The trailer also reveals the newcomers in town and gives a glimpse at new characters Melody, Lila, Ruth, and Dante. It also shows how they are chased by Leatherface. The clip ends with an older Leatherface holding up his human-skin mask, seen from behind.


While the short trailer doesn’t reveal much of the plot or any major scenes, it sure gives the chilling sense that is iconic of this slasher series. Clearly, there is a lot at stake for the victims and the trailer is proof enough that a lot of grisly murders and lots of violence are in store.

When Is Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Release Date?

As per the official announcement by Netflix, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is scheduled to arrive on the streaming service on February 18, 2022.

Who Is in Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Cast?

The all-new Texas Chainsaw Massacre involves a huge cast list, featuring Mark Burham (DriverX), Olwen Fouéré (Zone 414), Elsie Fisher (Castle Rock), Sarah Yarkin (Happy Death Day 2U), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), and Nell Hudson (Victoria) in the leading roles. The cast also includes Moe Dunford (The Dig), Alice Krige (Star Trek), Jessica Allain (The Laundromat), Sam Douglas (Snatch), William Hope (Dark Shadows), and Jolyon Coy (War & Peace).

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Who Are the Confirmed Characters in Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

Considering it’s a direct sequel, we can expect some old faces as well as some new ones. Here are the major characters of Texas Chainsaw Massacre:

Mark Burnham plays Leatherface. The one behind all the massacres in the stories, Leatherface is a mentally unstable mass murderer. His name is derived from the human skin mask that he wears. His signature weapon is a chainsaw but he also uses other tools to murder his victims. He has been underground for nearly 50 years until he gets disturbed by the arrival of new people in town.

Olwen Fouéré plays Sally Hardesty, the leading character in the 1974 movie who is the only survivor of the first massacre. After Leatherface kills her entire family, Sally is captured and tortured by him but somehow manages to escape. Sally is now old but is seeking vengeance for her family. She was played by Marilyn Burns in the original movie.


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Sarah Yarkin plays Melody, a young entrepreneur from San Francisco, who comes to Harlow with a plan to start a business.

Elsie Fisher plays Lila, Melody’s teenage sister. She is a hobby photographer and uses a wheelchair.

Jacob Latimore appears as Dante, a close friend of Melody and Lila’s, who also comes to Harlow with them. He has a girlfriend, who is also a friend of the sisters.

Apart from these major characters, the story of Texas Chainsaw Massacre will also feature Moe Dunford as Richter, Alice Krige as Mrs. Mc, Nell Hudson as Ruth, Sam Douglas as Herb, William Hope as Sheriff Hathaway, and Jolyon Coy in an unmentioned role.

What is the Background of Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

The new Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a straight sequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre of 1974. The complete horror franchise consists of eight slasher films not directly connected/related to the original, comics, and a video game based on the 1974 movie.

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All the stories in the franchise center on Leatherface and his family, who terrorize anyone who comes close to their territories in the remote countryside of Texas. All of them are deranged murderers but the focus is always on Leatherface. He is excessively controlled by his family and is known for his highly gruesome ways of killing. By the end of the 1974 movie, Sally Hardesty, Leatherface’s primary victim in the story, escapes the maniac after her entire family is killed.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) is the ninth installment of this popular horror franchise and takes off from the 1974 movie. The upcoming sequel will see Sally seeking revenge for her family’s murder after nearly 50 years. At the same time, the town has new visitors, who will also become victims of Leatherface.

What Is Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Story?

It’s been nearly half a century since the Hardesty family of Texas were brutally murdered. Sally Hardesty was the only one who managed to escape. Since then, no one has ever seen or heard of Leatherface. But his legacy remains and haunts the townsfolk as well as Sally.

Though older now, Sally hasn’t forgotten Leatherface or what he did to her family. Meanwhile, a bunch of strangers come to town and awakens the sleeping monster. The sequel movie will most likely see Sally and Leatherface go head to head once more and perhaps this might just be their last violent showdown.

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Here’s what the official synopsis of Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre says:

″Melody (Sarah Yarkin), her teenage sister Lila (Elsie Fisher), and their friends Dante (Jacob Latimore) and Ruth (Nell Hudson), head to the remote town of Harlow, Texas to start an idealistic new business venture. But their dream soon turns into a waking nightmare when they accidentally disrupt the home of Leatherface, the deranged serial killer whose blood-soaked legacy continues to haunt the area’s residents — including Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré), the sole survivor of his infamous 1973 massacre who’s hell-bent on seeking revenge.”

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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