‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ movie timeline fully explained

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7. Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

It’s time to make things confusing again!

The 2013 quasi-sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D is… well, both a sequel and a reboot, I suppose. It’s described as a “sequel” to the original 1974 film by Tobe Hooper, but it ignores The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. This creates another alternate timeline branching off of the original film, disregarding every other film in the series.

After the events in 1973, the Sawyer farmhouse was burned down by vigilantes, presumably killing off every single family member left. The timeline then fast forwards to the present day, which would be 2013 in this movie’s case.

Our story begins with a girl named Heather receiving a notice that she is to collect a large inheritance. Unbeknownst to her, that family also includes Leatherface. Heather sees her friends start to get killed off by Leatherface (who didn’t die after all), but learns that the local townsfolk are perhaps just as crazy.

The ending of this film opens up a whole other can of worms, but I won’t get into it so as not to spoil anything. I’ll just say that, again, the series gave itself the problem of making a sequel very difficult to do, given the way this film ends.

Perhaps that’s why the next film won’t be a sequel…