New Texas Chainsaw Massacre film to skip theaters and go to streaming

Leatherface (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Leatherface (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images) /

The latest installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Legendary Pictures will skip theaters and head directly to streaming per a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to the outlet, the next time we see Leatherface, it’ll be on the small screen via Netflix.

As one of the most popular streaming services out there, this is not an altogether surprising move for the studio. The Texas Chainsaw films have made less at the box office over the years and the 2017 film Leatherface only had a limited theatrical run while releasing simultaneously on demand. The last few movies in the franchise were poorly received by critics.

The latest film was filmed last year in Bulgaria and directed by David Blue Garcia with Fede Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues producing via their Bad Hombre banner.

Despite the franchise falling out of favor with the horror community in many, ways the original 1974 film from Tobe Hooper is still considered one of the most influential horror movies of all time and Leatherface has continued to appear in numerous prequels, sequels, and even other media projects.

When does the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film release on Netflix?

The latest film will take place right after the original movie, functioning as a direct sequel. Popularized by the 2018 Halloween, many horror films are doing this right now to follow up on the glory of the first feature.

While Netflix and Legendary haven’t revealed the official release date yet, the film was previously scheduled for a 2021 release. Unless that changes, we can probably anticipate it dropping on Netflix this fall timed for a Halloween release.

Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Jacob Latimore, and Moe Dunford star.

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