The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Ranking of the Franchise Films

On the occasion of the release of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” on Netflix, a look back at a major franchise in horror cinema that has not always given good things. Remake, prequels or even sequels, everything was done around Leatherface. Discover below our ranking, from the worst film to the best.

8 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

Like the sagas Halloween, Friday 13 Where freddie, Chainsaw Massacre also had completely dispensable sequels that have no other ambition than to fetch a few extra tickets. This fourth episode signed Kim Henkel is the perfect example (with the 3, which we will talk about very soon). Nothing amuses in this wonky slasher, who does not have an original idea to add to the mythology and who, above all, misses himself completely at the level of his family of degenerates. At the limit, the film may be worth seeing a freewheeling Matthew McConaughey in one of her first roles or a Renée Zellweger also at the start of her career.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation ©Columbia Tristar

7 – leather face (2017)

Ten years later The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginninganother prequel was born with leather face. Rather interesting project because carried by two French Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. However, the duo lived a painful experience by dealing with recalcitrant producers. Consequently, the film is a real disaster in which the vision of the directors never appears distinctly. Worse, Leatherface’s treatment is unworthy of this monumental figure of horror cinema. There is no doubt that the result would have been more notable if the two Frenchmen had been able to unpack their ideas…

leather face
leather face ©Metropolitan FilmExport

6 – Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

If we could find reasons for satisfaction in the remake and the prequel, Chainsaw Massacre messed up with its 3D-esque gap. The case begins however with some arguments by clinging to the original film. But once the first 10 minutes of this Texas Chainsaw 3D, we are witnessing a disembodied spectacle that formally resembles any lambda slasher. So, yeah, seeing Leatherface throw a chainsaw at someone is fun. Just like some gore scenes can be. But you have to walk through a crudely written film to enjoy it, and ultimately, to witness an end that deserved to punctuate a more attractive development.

Texas Chainsaw 3D
Texas Chainsaw 3D ©Metropolitan FilmExport

5 – Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990)

After two films, Tobe Hooper is no longer on board. And as much to say that it is felt on the final result of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 ! This second sequel drastically lowers the level compared to the first two parts which all had something unique to offer. There, although we feel the usual markers of the universe, everything has less impact. For the first time, Chainsaw Massacre falls into exploitation cinema logic and, just like leather face, this film suffered turbulence due to the intrusive behavior of New Line. The result is a wobbly opus in which Viggo Mortensen strolls in his early years as an actor.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 ©New Line Cinema

4 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2007)

The remake of Chainsaw Massacre revealed a new timeline. Thereby, The beginningis positioned as a prequelto explore the origins of leather face. A not uninteresting note of intent which, as with the Halloween by Rob Zombie, exploits the only truly viable angle of fire to avoid repetition. Jonathan Liebesman’s film so bring some interesting elements to the mythologyeven if it de facto loses interest by not being directly linked to the work of Tobe Hooper.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning ©Metropolitan FilmExport

This origin story is still far inferior to the Marcus Niespel remakefalling moreover in a form of repetition with situations already better exploited in 2003. We find with pleasure R. Lee Ermey as a sadistic sheriff but, this time, he is not surprising compared to his previous appearance. In summary, The beginning is a decent horror movie, with a nihilistic end that allows him to stand out.

3 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

In 1986, Tobe Hooper returned with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. This sequel has the good idea of ​​seeking to be something other than the original. The latter contained a part of black humor and this second opus decides to exploit this vein more distinctly, with vigor. From the first scene, we understand that Tobe Hooper no longer tries to scare us. More grand-guignolesque, more unbridled, more crazy, this extension manages to create discomfort in a slightly different way. For once, Leatherface is completely upstaged by the disturbing Bill Moseley (who we will see again later with Rob Zombie, such an evidence) with a disgusting skull. We also love this sequel for the performance of Dennis Hopper, which shows that he too knows how to handle the chainsaw.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ©UGC Distribution

2 – Chainsaw Massacre (2004)

In the 2000s, horror cinema saw a wave of remakes. Chainsaw Massacre did not escape a re-reading and, if there were legitimate reasons to fear a failure, it turns out that the result is highly respectable. Marcus Niespel obviously does not equal the original but it does not dishonor it. The film differs from that of Tobe Hooper with more gore while remaining in the footsteps of his model by placing us in a feeling of discomfort.

Chainsaw Massacre
Chainsaw Massacre ©Metropolitan FilmExport

We also appreciate that it does not present itself as a vulgar copy-paste on the narrative level, with some well-felt differences. The new version of leather face don’t deserve although we especially remember the crazy performance of R. Lee Ermey in sheriff Hoyt. This Chainsaw Massacre stores without problem alongside of The hills Have Eyes by Alexandre Aja in the category of successful remakes of the wave of the 2000s.

1 – Chainsaw Massacre (1982)

Everything has already been said about this pinnacle of terror that is Chainsaw Massacre. Sulphurous work that draws its reputation from the feeling of unease it provokes rather than from its graphic violence. Tobe Hooper gives birth to a cult figure of horror cinema with this little mowed film. The film sucks us in from its first seconds into a pure nightmare, under the crushing Texas sun. The American director has the ability to manufacture strong imagesas in this striking opening on a desecrated tomb or even during the end which greatly contributes to Leatherface’s power of attraction.

Chainsaw Massacre
Chainsaw Massacre ©TF1

If its controversial release today is anecdotal, it is easy to understand that the film could have been disturbing at the time of its release. The nervous and feverish cinematic approach contrasts with what the genre has offered until now. We have since seen so many films raise the bar in terms of violence, but few have created as much amazement as Chainsaw Massacre.

And as for the Chainsaw Massacre of 2022, find here our opinion.

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