Texas Chainsaw 2022 should have been a theatrical release
Ever since streaming services have risen to prominence, there has been a heated debate among moviegoers as to which one should be better supported. Purists generally believe that a cinema is the best place to watch a movie and when the cinema dies, so does the film industry. Others would say the streaming service releases add a level of accessibility to the film, an aspect that has come into even greater focus since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are strong arguments for both, and many generally believe there is room for both in the industry. That being said, there are still movies that feel made for theatrical release. Streaming absolutely has its place, but there’s no denying that with some movies, audiences just won’t get the full experience on the small screen at home. It could just be because a movie is very grand, or maybe it’s known for its amazing scenery or sound design.
Many films went from theatrical release to streaming as cinemas were largely closed around the world and, although the pandemic was rumored to not be the reason, Chainsaw Massacre was one of them. This film counts as the ninth in the franchise, but only the very first film is relevant. Think Halloween 2018 or candy man 2021. While audiences familiar with the franchise wouldn’t be shocked to learn that this movie will be pushed to streaming as the Texas Chainsaw the films do not have the greatest reputation, it is even a pity that this new version is not seen in cinemas.
The film has many, many flaws. There’s no denying that it has huge issues, which seriously hurt its quality as a movie. The overall backstory is really weird and the characters are unlikable to the max. Of course, this is generally normal for most Chainsaw Massacre franchise, including the original film. The return of the last original girl, Sally, is also very disappointing and bizarre. These flaws are glaring and are a big part of why this new release is getting such negative reviews, but its positives have it begging to be seen on the big screen.
Although the film lacks substance, it delivers on its visuals. Everything on Chainsaw Massacre looks stunning, especially its cinematography and camerawork. It’s shot in a unique way, probably shot even better than the original, and that, combined with fantastic lighting and sound design, showcases the gorgeous setting, Leatherface makeup, plus special effects that are also very well done. The movie looks really cinematic.
Accompanied by well-done special effects, this film is filled with incredible gore. It seems strange to praise something so crude and violent, but it’s a pure slasher movie. Murder and gore are the main elements of the genre, and they have to be done well for the film to succeed. Chainsaw Massacre really shines with the creativity of its kills and the detail of its gore. It works fine on a TV at home, but being seen in a movie theater would make it all so much better. The sound design and special effects details could really stand out, and it would add a lot to the film.
2022 Chainsaw Massacre also bears his name most accurately of any name in the franchise. The body count is high and Leatherface is wreaking havoc with this chainsaw. Other movies of course have him pick it up, but he often uses weapons like a hammer instead. This version features a truly remarkable scene that takes place on a party bus. A group of young people are on the bus having a party, the bad guy gets on and proceeds to massacre. It’s incredibly lit, the music is deafening and blood and guts are flying. It’s one of the best slasher scenes in recent history, and it’s just begging to be seen in theaters.
In its entirety, Chainsaw Massacre was received quite negatively. Some horror and slasher fans are genuinely interested in its horror elements, but as a movie it seriously lacks in quality. However, it is difficult not to think of its positive aspects and to wonder if its output medium has had an impact on its reception. With its visual elements so strong, could those highlights have shone more in a movie theater? All the negatives would still be there, but would they be overshadowed by a grand cinematic experience? Sadly, fans will never know, but it’s certainly fun to think about.
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