The recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre is yet another black and white film reel of Hollywood pissing all over the grace of something some people consider to be precious. Even as someone who couldn’t care less about TCM, this is apathy and laziness beyond mortal words.
ALMOST everything about this film was just wrong: its themes of cult fascination and affiliated cannibalism are drowned out by the films switch-up from unsettlement to just delving into gory violence, the staging and execution of said violence is heavily sloppy, and while both the editing and camerawork are the best parts about this movie, it’s cooped alongside an aesthetic that looks like someone tried to drown the entire film in sewer water. Topics like gun control, school shootings, and the political divide in America would’ve brought a little more depth to Leatherfaces family background and/or the overarching story overall but EVERY SINGLE PLOT thread is abandoned almost immediately because this film has no narrative structure; thus making the very inclusion of those topics come off as unnecessary and exploitive.
Music is generically forgettable, none of the cast added a silver of intrigue to any of their frustratingly hollow characters, production design is practically a footnote and if anything, the more it tried to Halloween 2018 itself, the more lazier and stupider it became.
Look, even as someone who never watched a single TCM film in real time, the impact the first film left on the horror genre was and still is unprecedented in some ways; you cannot deny the success and impact it left on so many audiences and artists alike. So what more could I possible add that hasn’t already been discussed about this; yet another permanent black mark on a series that has already been franchised to death.