Netflix's new Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot has dropped - but a lot of people wish it never did. Watch the trailer here:
The sequel to the 1974 horror classic is directed by David Blue Garcia, and stars Nell Hudson and Eighth Grade's Elsie Fisher.
It's set in the present day and is intended as a direct sequel to the original, which introduced Leatherface to terrified audiences.
But based on the initial response, it seems like a lot of people think it comes no way near to measuring up.
Frankie Gilmore's one-star review for the site reads: "What would have been a relatively quiet misfire on a theatrical level will surely end up doing big business on Netflix as the kind of 'what the hell is this?' viewing that we all love to hate, but it's still truly disappointing to see a franchise with as much potential as this one continue to fall far below its ilk.
"Writing negative reviews is never fun and as a horror nerd, I desperately wanted this to rise above the bad word-of-mouth and marketing, though I can say after much consideration, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the very worst mainstream horror films to be released in quite some time."
It's not just critics who have panned it either. The film currently has a pretty poor audience score of 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and people have been sharing their underwhelmed assessments on Twitter.
One person said: "Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the worst franchises & movies you could ever watch... just logic & realism thrown out the window. Smh"
Another added: "Netflix Texas Chainsaw Massacre Worst I’ve seen. I'd take the Jessica Beal remake over this one."
The new Texas Chainsaw Massacre genuinely is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen oh my god please for the love of god stop making all these horror remakes, reboots, resequels or whatever you want to call them.— Gordy (@gomillss) February 18, 2022
Just finished watching the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre. No spoilers, but that was one of the worst movies I've ever watched.— Blake (@blake_t1987) February 19, 2022
But of course, these things are subjective, and not everyone hated the film. In fact, a lot of people loved it.
One person wrote on Twitter: "I loved the new #TexasChainsawMassacre. It was brutal, mean, bloody, and Leatherface was scary again. He was also a total d**k. I surprisingly loved the two sisters, and THAT BUS SCENE."
Another added: "The trailer & some early dialogue had me sceptical but I actually mostly enjoyed #TexasChainsawMassacre. Lot of illogical plot beats and I could've done without [returning character] Sally entirely, but it worked as a slasher for me - decent character scenes and great kills."
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE really worked for me. Look past the weird real estate plot line which it felt like a poke at a reversed Leith anyway. It’s mean and bloody with sone great practical effects and it works on the traditional slasher level. Feels like something from the early pic.twitter.com/IqGFvQaCk0— Brad Henderson (@BradFHenderson) February 19, 2022
So I’m gonna go ahead and say it… I dug the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre.— Matt Standiford (@mattstandiford) February 18, 2022
So perhaps - if you're a horror fan and you've got an hour and a half to spare - your safest bet would be to check it out for yourself.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is streaming on Netflix now.
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