A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Addresses topics like gun control, school shootings, and the political divide in America.
Positive Role Models
While most of Leatherface's victims are standard horror movie character types, Lila's backstory is that she survived a school shooting. She has a bullet scar beneath one of her shoulders, and it's clearly something she struggles with, and is occasionally referenced throughout the movie.
Some diversity in terms of race. Some stereotyping along the urban/rural liberal/conservative divide.
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Violence & Scariness
Like its predecessors, it's extremely violent, bloody, and gory. There are several deaths involving Leatherface taking a chainsaw to his victims and sawing them in half, slicing them from the shoulder down, decapitating them. One of the lead characters is the survivor of a school shooting -- brief flashbacks show her on a classroom floor gasping for air while surrounded by the dead or dying bodies of her classmates, and she has a scar below her shoulder. In addition to all of this, there are also deaths by hatchet, knives, axes, sledgehammers. Arms snapped in half. Head bashings with an oxygen tank. Skin on face removed from skull.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Someone says, "I know you think I f--ked him..."
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used. "Motherf--ker" used during a climactic scene. Also: "gentri-f--kers," "bulls--t," "s--t," "damn," "son of a bitch." A character uses the term "Negroes."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Binge drinking on a party bus.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 2022 reboot/sequel to the classic 1974 horror movie. In this one, four young adults leave their big-city lives behind in the hopes of revitalizing a near ghost town in rural Texas, only to provoke the wrath of Leatherface. Unsurprisingly, this is a violent, grisly, bloody, and gory movie, with lots of gruesome killings by chainsaw, among other implements. One of the lead characters is the survivor of a school shooting, and she has a scar below her shoulder; brief flashbacks show her struggling to live on a school floor while her classmates are dead or dying around her. Perhaps surprisingly, this is addressed in a reasonably thoughtful manner and is used as a way to create a brief moment of empathy. Besides chainsaws and other implements, characters use guns and rifles. The face of a dead person is skinned off. One character is bashed in the head repeatedly with an oxygen tank. Strong language throughout, including "f--k." A character uses the term "Negroes." Cigarette smoking. Binge drinking on a party bus. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a decent reboot/sequel that's occasionally thoughtful, with some compulsory blood, gore, and horror convention to keep the superfans pleased. This version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre is set nearly 50 years after the original movie took place, and the wrath of Leatherface is rekindled by well-intentioned twenty-something would-be capitalists, restauranteurs, and art gallery owners trying to revitalize Harlow, nearly abandoned due to the gruesome killings of the '70s becoming the stuff of true crime documentary fodder. There's some obvious humor and tension that always seems to happen when young city folk and their progressive values interact with the wary and more libertarian-minded locals in movies such as these, but the movie manages to convey a surprising amount of empathy expressed between characters on opposite sides of the sociopolitical spectrum. This is most notable in a scene between a gun-loving local mechanic and one of the lead characters, a teen survivor of a school shooting. This scene is likely to resonate for many viewers, at least as much as scenes of victims being sawed in half both vertically and horizontally.
There is also a very funny moment involving smartphones, and we'll leave it at that. Otherwise, as good as this movie can be at times, it remains mired in horror movie conventions and cliches. The ending, in particular, is disappointing in terms of riding on the tracks of a well-worn formula and seems to serve only as a way to provide a not-so-subtle hint that there's the possibility of a sequel. All that being said, if your primary interest is seeing a homicidal maniac wield a chainsaw and go on a killing spree, you could do worse.
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