Here is the latest attempt to reboot and reimage Texas Chainsaw Massacre (TCM), originally made infamous by the first film way back in 1974. This latest reincarnation of the slasher movie attempts to link itself to the original film by picking up the story almost 50 years later!! The final girl survivor from the original story is apparently alive and well, and patiently waiting all these years for a chance to execute revenge on the killer! The story has some silly excuse for a bunch of city folks to make their way to the now abandoned town of Harlow in Texas home of where the massacre originated. Apparently a bunch of enterprising young adults have this brilliant plan to transform the town into some sort of tourist attraction with its historical looking buildings still intact.
Of course plot in such movies are secondary to the real agenda. As long as we have an excuse to bring in fresh young bodies to be massacred we are on track to recreate a chainsaw massacre. Such slasher movies are a dime a dozen and most end up being cheesy and totally trashy. The ones that emerge watchable and even good fun, are usually those with interesting characters, decent acting with some catchy dialog, and creative (and gory) kills. Does this new TCM manage to tick each of these boxes? Well not quite … I think it’s weakest point is in its characters. Most of the so called main characters are not really that interesting or people whom you would be rooting out for. Sarah Yarkin and Elsie Fisher who play sisters fighting for their lives did manage to improve and eventually put on a good screaming performance in the second half of the show. The strongest point going for TCM is in the kills depicted on screen. Director David Blue Garcia did a pretty good job despite his lack of experience and limited resume in the business. The kills are often bloody and gory but never cheesy. It truly lives up to its name of being a chainsaw massacre with limps and other body parts flying! Probably the film’s most effective sequence is in the massacre that takes place inside a coach filled with people! This is definitely not for the squeamish.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not something that will go down well for just anybody. It caters for a specific sector of the cinema going market and I felt it delivered! It is a good old fashion fun ride that will occasionally gross you out which helps keep the adrenaline flowing.