New Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie changes title ahead of release

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It was recently announced by The Hollywood Reporter that Legendary Entertainment (the studio behind the recent Godzilla and King Kong franchises) was creating a reimagining of cult horror film Faces of Death. And in a tiny blurb at the bottom of that same article, it was revealed that the studio had renamed the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre film.

When we previously reported on the movie, which was officially rated “R,” the title was just Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but now THR claims the name was changed in post-production to Texas Chainsaw Begins.

Additional sources say that Legendary wants to branch out farther into the horror genre, but more along the “psychological horror field than in the slasher mold.” I’m assuming they’re referring to the Faces of Death remake because it seems strange to pick one of the most disturbing horror films and goriest franchises and then turn it more “psychological.”

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However, if that note is in reference to Texas Chainsaw Begins, it wouldn’t be completely unfounded. The original Tobe Hooper-directed movie wasn’t as bloody as the title might make you believe. For those who haven’t seen the film in a while, it was plenty horrifying and disturbing, but relatively blood-free.

The whole title thing is a little insane to me, you’d think studios would be able to come up with something new or simple enough to not be so confusing. It’s one thing to keep the Texas Chainsaw Massacre title from the beginning, it would follow in the footsteps of the recent Halloween revamp/sequel, but naming it Texas Chainsaw Begins runs the risk of people confusing it with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which is already something of a remake of the 1974 film.

It’s like Fast & Furious titles but with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, at this point.

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