In 1974, director Tobe Hooper changed the trajectory of slasher horror forever with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, his renowned entry into the so-called Hixploitation subgenre. It follows a group of unsuspecting tourists who are terrorized by the chainsaw-wielding cannibalistic maniac Leatherface. An immediate smash-hit upon its release, the movie inspired eight feature-length sequels, spin-offs, and remakes.
The latest entry is David Blue Garcia‘s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a Netflix Original sequel that takes place decades after the original and sees Leatherface antagonizing a group of young misfits after they move to a Texas ghost town.
It only stands to reason that, after watching the new installment, you’ll want to brush up on the slasher and hixploitation subgenres — or even do a deep-dive into them. And, yes, we know, this corner of cinema is uniquely dense and overwhelming, but that’s what you have us for. So read on for our handpicked list of movies to watch if you’re a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
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