While the Halloween franchise continues this weekend with Halloween Kills and the Scream franchise has just debuted a trailer for Scream (2022), but what has become of the Netflix exclusive direct sequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
Directed by David Blue Garcia and co-written by Fede Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues, this sequel is set to follow the events of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic with a returning Sally played by Olwen Fouere, with Leatherface portrayed by Mark Burnham.
Much the same as Halloween (2018) this Texas Chainsaw will feature a 60-year old Leatherface and presumably and vengeful Sally, the only survivor of the original massacre.
Other than this details are sketchy with just a teaser poster of Leatherface’s infamous mask released so far with no trailer or footage available yet.
Are Netflix looking to do a minimal promotional campaign or hope that longtime fans of the series will simply seek this out once it drops on the streaming channel?
We have seen this tactic recently with the lack of promotion for James Wan’s Malignant, which in turn didn’t do great numbers at the box office. With this film debuting on a streaming platform there may be less to lose financially than say Malignant, but given all the new horror releases including the Chucky TV series, I Know What You Did Last Summer alongside Halloween Kills, you would think that striking while the iron is hot would create some pre-release buzz if the plan is still for a 2021 release.
Since the commercial success of the Marcus Nispel reboot in 2003 and the subsequent prequel The Beginning in 2006 the Texas Chainsaw has been on bumpy ground with Texas Chainsaw 3D and the Leatherface prequel failing to ignite the box office and give the fans a worthy follow-up to the original.
Who knows The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2021) could still turn out to be a success, but the signs at this stage are quite concerning.