Many fans of the various films in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise are well-aware that they’re often edited. And for some of the older films of the franchise, such as Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, a lot of the cut scenes are forever lost. While restrictions aren’t quite as strict in today’s market, some fans still have their worries. Fortunately, however, it’s been confirmed that Netflix’s upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre has all of its violence completely uncut.
This was revealed via director David Blue Garcia in an interview with ComicBook. He also revealed that when shooting the film, he was often told to go ahead and make the film even more violent.
As he explained after being asked if anything had to be cut:
“Quite the contrary. I was constantly ‘toning up.’ When you work with Fede Alvarez as a producer, he’s made some very, very shocking and gory films, and he’s a master at that. I remember my first day on set, I had to shoot one of the kills for a minor character, and Fede called me the next day. He had seen the dailies and he was like, ‘Hey man, great job on that kill, but I want you to do it again. I just want you to go a little further, a little more blood, and then once you think you’ve got enough blood, put more.’ That was my direction for the rest of the movie. We were just constantly trying to one-up each other and get the craziest kills, the most creative kills, and just really fire a lot of blood from a squib or whatever.”
He also emphasized just how long some of these scenes of violence last in the film:
“It was a lot of fun to create that, and also working in the editing room and really enhancing those kills, and forcing the audience to look again, you know what I mean?” the filmmaker pointed out. “Just when you think you’re going to cut away from the violence to the reaction, no, we’re cutting back, and we’re going to show you, and you’ve got to keep watching it. That was our goal. It’s like when you watch those old Family Guy episodes, you think the joke is over, but the camera just doesn’t cut, and Peter Griffin is still holding his knee, you know what I mean? We just wanted to go so far that it became uncomfortable. So, that’s what we did.”
It’s great news that the upcoming project won’t be censored and that fans can enjoy the complete film as envisioned by its director. While some of the previous films in the franchise weren’t as fortunate when it came to being edited, it sounds like this one will maintain the uncut violence that such a title as Texas Chainsaw Massacre suggests.
David Blue Garcia directed the film based on a screenplay written by Chris Thomas Devlin.
The cast for the film includes Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope, and Jolyon Coy. Olwen Fouéré will play Sally Hardesty and Mark Burnham will play Leatherface. John Larroquette will reprise his role from the original as the film’s narrator.
Fans will be able to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre when it premieres on the Netflix streaming service on February 18, 2022.