The most recent Texas Chain Saw Massacre movie, Leatherface, was somewhat well-received by fans of the franchise. The prequel was made by the same team that released Texas Chainsaw 3D in 2013. Unfortunately, the film’s producers – Christa Campbell and Campbell Grobman – lost the rights to the franchise after taking too long to release Leatherface, which was a DirecTV original and never got a substantial theatrical release. Christa Campbell recently tweeted about the film after being asked about a potential sequel.
I loved this film and I’m very proud. Unfortunately because of the time it took to release it we lost the rights sadly… so no .. not from us at least https://t.co/HUi9BJaCop
— christa campbell (@christacampbell) December 25, 2017
Originally, the producing team was going to make five Leatherface movies, but obviously, that won’t be happening anymore. The Texas Chain Saw series is still a bankable franchise, forty-three years after the original film was released in 1974. The timeline is notoriously out-of-whack and makes little to no sense but at this point, nobody’s watching these movies for consistency. The franchise may live on if only to make its creators a quick buck. The name is still a draw for moviegoers, even if the following weekends don’t perform as well. Texas Chainsaw 3D opened to $21 million dollars in 2013, dropping 75% in its second weekend and ultimately grossing $34 million domestically.
Before that, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning grossed nearly $40 million dollars on a budget of only $16 million. They’re not exactly hit movies, but for a villain who’s been on-screen eight times in more than forty years, that’s decent enough to continue pumping out sequels. The question is, who’s going to take over the franchise now that it’s out of Campbell and Grobman’s hands? It might be nice for the films to get back to their gritty roots.
The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which was directed by Tobe Hooper, had a documentary-like quality to it that made the killings even more unsettling. It’d be interesting to see a new sequel try and emulate that style a little bit more. In the meantime, Leatherface is currently available to rent on Amazon, Google Play, the PlayStation Store, Apple, Fandango, and more. It’s… not the worst Texas Chainsaw sequel that currently exists.
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