By Justina Bonilla
Director Fede Alvarez has confirmed that he will produce a direct sequel to the 70s horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which will be coming out later this year. David Blue Garcia will direct.
On the Bloody Disgusting’s The Boo Crew Podcast, Alvarez confirmed, “It is a direct sequel. It is old man Leatherface”. He went on to acknowledge that in regards to the use of special effects for the film, “Everything is classic, old school gags. A lot of the approach that we had with Evil Dead – never VFX, to do everything on camera. It’s a very old-school approach to filmmaking. Vintage lenses… it’s very similar to the original film”.
The original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was directed and co-written in 1974 by horror icon Tobe Hopper. Hopper also directed the groundbreaking paranormal film, produced by Steven Spielberg, The Poltergeist and the critically acclaimed Stephen King adapted television miniseries Salem’s Lot.
In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a group of young people are traveling in rural Texas. They take a detour, leading them to fall into the clutches of a demented family of cannibal killers. As the young people fight to escape, they are hunted by Leatherface, a chainsaw-welding psychopath, who wears a mask of human skin. Leatherface’s mask has become an iconic villain image in cinematic history. This film spawned seven sequels, with the most recent being Leatherface from 2017.
Alvarez is an Uruguayan filmmaker who is a director, writer, producer, and editor. His feature film directorial debut was the 2013 remake of the Sam Rami horror classic Evil Dead. He co-wrote this film with his frequent co-writing collaborator Rodo Sayagues. They have also collaborated as co-writers for Don’t Breathe and the upcoming sequel Don’t Breathe 2. Recently, Alvarez directed and co-wrote The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Garcia is an Emmy award-winning cinematographer, camera operator, and director based from South Texas. His directorial feature film debut Tejano, which aired on HBO, is a neo-noir film, with a bilingual Tex-Mex theme. It follows the harrowing journey of a young farmhand, who is so desperate for money for his ailing grandfather, he reluctantly agrees to smuggle drugs across the Mexican/United States border for a cartel.
In 2020, Garcia took over as director for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre after the original directors Andy & Ryan Tohill left over creative differences, as reported by Deadline.
This version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be the ninth installment in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.