By: Matthew Jackson …..
We’ve seen Laurie Strode come back to hunt the monster she escaped decades ago. Now it’s Sally Hardesty’s turn.
We’ve known for a while now that Sally, the lone survivor of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre film from 1974, would return for director David Blue Garcia’s new legacy sequel titled simply Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and that actress Olwen Fouéré would inhabit the role. Now, a new trailer has arrived ahead of the film’s Netflix release next month, and it places Sally front and center in the battle against the legendary Texas madman known as Leatherface.
The new Texas Chainsaw revs up when a group of young entrepreneurs, led by Melody (Sarah Yarkin), head to the deserted town of Harlow, Texas, with the goal of redeveloping the community into something young people like them will flock to. What they don’t know, though, is that Harlow isn’t entirely deserted. A few stubborn residents have stuck around even as the rest of the town has died off, including Leatherface (Mark Burnham), who’s been laying low ever since his original crimes nearly 50 years ago.
But as the trailer below shows, Leatherface isn’t the only person who’s been waiting for those 1970s crimes to resurface. Sally’s been waiting too, waiting for the moment she could face the man who slaughtered her friends and left her bloodied and traumatized as she sped away in the back of a pickup truck. Now, a clash between monster and final girl is coming, and even Sally can’t stop Leatherface from ripping through anyone else who gets in his way.
There are a lot of Halloween 2018 vibes in this trailer, particularly when Sally grabs her shotgun and decides it’s time to confront her old nemesis. The character has made cameo appearances in other Texas Chainsaw sequels in the past — played by original actress Marilyn Burns, who died in 2014 — but this is the first time she’s ever had a proper clash with the Leatherface character in a follow-up to the 1974 shocker. It’ll be very interesting to see how Garcia and company set up and pay off that promise.
Sally’s front and center in this trailer, of course, but there’s also a definite focus on the idea of young, idealistic people accidentally trampling on someone’s legacy in the name of “improving” on the past. It’s just, you know, the legacy they’re trampling on happens to be one of brutal power tool murders. There’s an old vs. new clash happening, and it’s especially evident in the moment when Leatherface happens upon what looks like an entire party bus of people who are fully prepared to document his crimes, and his hideous new look, if they can survive long enough to livestream it.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre arrives February 18 on Netflix.