We are days away from the release of Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Netflix, bringing back the horror icon Leatherface for another slaughter in rural Texas. Partly a reboot and partly a sequel, the new movie only acknowledges the original 1974 film by Tobe Hooper while ignoring the rest of the sequels. One major link to the original movie is the inclusion of Sally Hardesty, the “final girl” who managed to just barely escape the clutches of the cannibal family with her life.
Speaking with CBR, Texas Chainsaw Massacre director David Blue Garcia touched on why the creative team wanted to bring back Sally. Of course, it’s hard not to make comparisons to what has been happening with other popular slasher franchises, given the returns of Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween and Neve Campbell in Scream. Garcia explains that the motivation behind bringing back legacy characters like this is that it’s a good way of passing the torch from one generation to the next.
“Yeah, in my opinion, the reason they’re bringing these characters back is that it’s fun to explore where they’ve been since these first films. It’s also a great way of passing the torch. We’re trying to tell this story and keep the story alive for another generation. But they’re still fans of the original out there, so many of us. So it’s fun. It’s a little bit of fanservice in the sense that we get to see what happened to a beloved character, but it’s also a way of introducing us to new protagonists that are going to continue the story into the future.”
Garcia went on to tease Sally’s involvement in the new film’s story. In this new timeline, Leatherface has apparently been hiding out for the past 50 years, evading justice for the deaths of Sally’s brother and friends. This has never sat well with Sally, who comes along to offer her assistance when she realizes her old chainsaw-wielding nemesis has come back out to play.
“Sally is dealing with her own survivor’s guilt. Her story feels unfinished because she’s never gotten the vengeance that she’s been looking for with Leatherface all these years. She hasn’t found him. So she’s able to relay some of her wisdom to young Lila and Melody in the story so that they don’t make the same mistakes.”
Leatherface Is Deadlier Than Ever In Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Leatherface is not afraid to spill more blood than he’s ever done before in the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In the movie, a young woman and her sister arrive in a small Texas town hoping to renovate the area. They end up unleashing Leatherface who reverts back to his old bloody shenanigans, and it might be up to Sally Hardesty to help settle the score.
David Blue Garcia directed Texas Chainsaw Massacre using a screenplay by Chris Thomas Devlin with a story by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. Kim Henkel produced with Alvarez, Sayagues, Ian Henkel, Pat Cassidy, and Shintaro Shimosawa. The film stars Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham, Jacob Latimore, Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Alice Krige, Jessica Allain, and Nell Hudson.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre starts streaming on Netflix on Feb. 18, 2022.