Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 2019 American Psychological Slasher film written by John Hamburg,
Christine Nangle & Keegan Michael-Key. It is the ninth instalment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series, a direct sequel to the original 1974 film by Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper. Retconning the continuity of the previous sequels like Danny McBride & David Gordon Green's previous Halloween sequel of 2018.
The plot follows a surviving Bubba Sawyer/Leatherface after evading capture in 1974, resurfaces in present day 2019 under the care of cousins to pursue a group of teenage friends passing through Newt, Texas.
Distributed by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures after Lionsgate and Millennium Films lost the rights after their prequel entry Leatherface of 2017's delayed release.
The film stars Sandra Cho, David O'Donnell, Sandra Escacena, Anna Diop, Chet Hanks and Kevin Durand in the role of Leatherface.
Released theatrically on October 28th, 2019 to commercial and critical success.
Picking up immediately after Sally Hardesty's escape from Bubba 'Leatherface' Sawyer following his brother Nubbins' death, police swarm the Sawyer residence as neighboring farmers Daniels and Mitcham of the closest property having passed the bloodied Sally on the road contact them.
Drayton Sawyer in an attempt to escape is shot in the back and killed as Leatherface returns to the property in time to witness it. The following morning Daniels reports to Mitcham seeing a figure in the field, later revealed to be Leatherface who in revenge with his hammer breaks Daniels knees in the field and bludgeons Mitcham to death inside the farmhouse as he calls the police.
Mitcham and Daniels' farm hands Mary-Beth and Julie are then killed as Leatherface bludgeons Julie with his mallet on her way outside, and Mary-Beth pushed violently against the front door.
Daniels crawls his way to the creek where he is drowned by Leatherface. Three blurred individuals, one with a woman's voice calls for Bubba as police sirens sound.
In Present Day 2019 Austin, Texas Hospitality Manager Jen Yulin opens up a bed & breakfast accommodation in Newt along with Marvin Eamonn. Out of town high school graduate friends Ana, Heather, Anthony, Thomas, Regina and Lewis arrive in Newt on detour for the Texas Wildflower music festival. On Ana's suggestion they come to the B & B and become acquainted with the staff, cook Jill and housekeeper Whittle. Disturbing occurences frequent the property as Whittle discovers his dog Timber's mutilated remains, Jillian senses a watcher on the premises.
Whittle panics and calls the police, the two arriving officers Martin and Hernandez are shot and killed by Jillian as Ana, her friends, Jen and Marvin are away. Jillian scolds Whittle for his mistake as the two then proceed to clean up the crime, and abandon the car. That evening at the B & B drug induced Thomas breaks into the walled off basement and discovers many rotted corpses, including Daniels, Mitcham and the two officers. Thomas becomes locked in the basement, his sister Regina grabs Anthony to help from outside, both are killed by Leatherface inside, slashing at Regina first with his chainsaw and then stabbing through Anthony's chest, through the basement door right beside Thomas.
Ana, Heather and Lewis arrive to have Leatherface chase them with his chainsaw into the woods where Lewis is killed with the chainsaw after he is separated from Ana and Heather. That morning Jen and Marvin are met by officers Lane and Breaker after the disappearance of Martin and Hernandez. Breaker reveals himself as a Sawyer as a returning Leatherface storms the house and kills Lane. Marvin and Jen are dragged into the basement, Jen placed on a meat hook and Marvin put down on the table. Ana and Heather rush to the B & B, Jillian appears and subdues Ana inside while Leatherface seeks Heather who hides in the shed beneath Marvin's car. She is crushed half at the torso trying to escape and chainsawed in the shoulder, killing her.
That night a dinner is arranged by the Sawyer's cousins the Hargroves: Jillian, Breaker, Whittle and Leatherface. Marvin killed off-screen downstairs has had his face removed and is worn by Leatherface to dinner with Ana and an unhooked Jen. Thomas is revealed as alive and rescues Ana and Jen. The rest of the police department arrive after Jen succeeds with a kitchen knife and kettle in killing Jillian and Breaker. Whittle floods the basement, killing himself and allowing Leatherface to attempt escape.
A bloodied Ana and Jen flee to the nearby fields and come across Daniels and Mitcham's farmhouse.
- Sandra Cho as Jen Yulin
- David O'Donnell as Marvin Eamonn
- Sandra Escacena as Ana Meridia
- Anna Diop as Heather Chance
- Chet Hanks as Lewis Burns
- Kevin Durand as Bubba Sawyer/Leatherface
- Malique Thompson-Dwyer as Anthony Tyler
- Caylee Cowan as Regina Phillips
- Gulliver McGrath as Thomas Phillips
- Alicia Goranson as Jillian Hargrove
- Jason Mewes as Whittle
- Burn Gorman as Officer Steven Lane
- Christopher Gorham as Officer Bren Breaker
- Kevin Page as Officer Martin
- Julio Macias as Officer Hernandez
- Omari Hardwick as 1974 Farmer Daniels
- Matty Berry as 1974 Farmer Mitcham
- Jeannie Epper as 1974 Mary-Beth Paley
- Karin Silvestri as 1974 Julie Genzes
- Bill Moseley as Jarik
- John Larroquette as Narrator/Documentarian Duncan Londers
- Tom Everett as Opp Shop Walt
- Antwan Lee as Drag Queen Dinah Florres (Under Drag Persona Asia T. O'Hara)
- Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka
- Yes, Sir I Can Boogie - Baccara
- Slide - Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos
- Promises - Calvin Harris feat. Sam Smith
- Mi Gente - J Balvin & Willy William
- Sweet Lovin' - Sigala ft. Bryn Christopher
- Casio - Jungle
- Flames - David Guetta feat. Sia
- Fox On The Run - Sweet
- One Way Ticket - Eruption
- Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks (End Credits Song 1)
- You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive (End Credits Song 2)
- Dollhouse - Melanie Martinez (End Credits Song 3)
- Terrified - Childish Gambino (Zikomo Remix - End Credits Song 4)
- Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saëns (End Credits Song 5)
- Following the success of David Gordon Green, Jason Blum and Danny McBride's Halloween (2018) Jason Blum was contacted by comedian, actor and writer Keegan Michael-Key to collaborate on a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's initial 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The film like McBride and Green's Halloween would be a direct sequel to the original first film, ignoring all previous sequels and incarnations, though paying homage to all other entries.
- Keegan Michael-Key had approached longtime friend, frequent comedic role partner and former show co-host Jordan Peele to help collaborate on the Blumhouse Texas Chainsaw sequel, Peele had however already began production on his Candyman re-imagining.
- The Austin, Texas Kandy Bar Drag Queen Dinah Florres, is actually drag queen Asia T. O'Hara, a texas performer who placed in the top four of the American hit reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race tenth season (2018).
- The concept for the idyllic group of youthful victims stemmed from the original's idea of pitting young hippies against matriarchal family hillbillies. In place of the 60's-70's era of naive hippie youths there would be the 'hipster' stylised young people of modern society.
- Opp Shop Occupant Walt, who is a minor character in Newt, Texas met by Ana and her friends, is portrayed by Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III star Tom Everett, who portrayed Leatherface Sawyer family member Alfredo.
- The Texas Chilli festival is mentioned by numerous locals, which alludes to the same festival from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) that Drayton Sawyer was a constant contender/winner of.
- Anna Diop's character Heather Chance, is named after Alexandra Daddario's protagonist (secret Sawyer) character Heather Miller, from the Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
- The falling backyard pit trap, installed by Whittle in a deleted scene, which goes unused as sister Jillian orders it's uninstalling, is a reference to Leatherface (2017) the beginning death of Hal Hartman's daughter.
- Among the many similarities this film shares with Halloween (2018), an actor son of Hollywood A-List Stars is present in the film as a victim character, in Halloween Miles Robbins (the son of Tim Robbins & Susan Sarandon) portrayed Michael Myers' teenage victim Dave, and in Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2019) Chet Hanks the son of Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson portrays Leatherface's teenage victim Lewis.
- The film is set in 1974 & present day 2019.
- The Yulin/Eamonn Bed & Breakfast setting is derived from the real life history of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film's Sawyer house, which was converted into a Bed & Breakfast for fans of the film before foreclosure.
- Paying reference to the previous and original film, Leatherface utilises his mallet, a hidden room for dismemberment, his chainsaw, gaining a new face and a meat hook to suspend a victim.
- The Yulin/Eamonn Bed & Breakfast shed is designed as a homage to the shed from the Michael Bay/Platinum Dunes Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, the 2003 remake and 2006 prequel.
- The Newt, Texas local tow truck driver Manny's vehicle is a reference to Matthew McConaughey's Sawyer family member Vilmer's tow truck.
- A gas station stopped at by Ana and friends, is designed after the Luda Mae Hewitt service station stop from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and prequel The Beginning (2006).
- John Larroquette who provided the opening narration for the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), 2003 remake and ending narration of the 2006 prequel returns in that respective role, however as a fully established documentarian.
- Bill Moseley who had popularly portrayed Sawyer family member Chop Top from Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Sequel (as well as Drayton in Texas Chainsaw 3D) appears in the cameo role of Newt service station attendant Jarik.
- Sandra Escacena who portrays protagonist Ana, had previously starred in the title role of 2017's Spanish possession horror Veronica.
- A majority of the songs heard in the film, and it's credits are 1974 song hits.
- The revelation of Officer Breaker being a Hargrove/Sawyer versus the more obvious Officer Lane was a deliberate choice among many other plot vices and elements, to highlight even in the modern day evolution of forwarding acceptance, that there is still a heavy line of assumption and discrimination.
- Body-Count: 15 + Dog Timber (Drayton Sawyer, Mitcham, Julie, Mary-Beth, Daniels, Officer Martin, Officer Hernandez, Regina, Anthony, Lewis, Officer Lane, Heather, Marvin, Jillian, Breaker, Whittle).