The new film takes us back to the remote town of Harlow, Texas, catching up with the disturbed serial killer known as Leatherface, who’s been in hiding for almost 50 years. We follow Melody (Sarah Yarkin, Fort Salem), her teenage sister Lila (Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade), and their friends Dante (Jacob Latimore, The Chi) and Ruth (Nell Hudson, Victoria), who hope to kick off a business venture in the town. Of course, they disrupt Leatherface’s family home – and that chainsaw is soon swinging.
And as with the rejigged Halloween franchise, this sequel brings back the survivor from the first film to give her a chance at revenge. Olwen FouÃ©rÃ© plays Sally Hardesty, originally played by Marilyn Burns, who we saw as a young woman, covered in blood, screaming in fear and relief as she left behind Leatherface at the end of the original film.
The film is directed by David Blue Garcia, his second feature following 2018 indie thriller Tejano. Chris Thomas Devlin penned the script from a story by Don’t BreatheÂ andÂ Evil DeadÂ (2013) directorÂ Fede AlvarezÂ and his longtime collaborator (andÂ Don’t Breathe 2 helmer) Rodo Sayagues.
Some strong visuals and plenty of gnarly shenanigans on offer in the trailer below, including a bit of timely humour as a teen threatens to have Leatherface cancelled as he films him with his phone. We’ll see what we’re in for when Texas Chainsaw Massacre tears up Netflix from February 18th.