The 1974 provocative horror slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is getting the remake treatment thanks to Netflix – and here’s the first trailer. 

We’ve known for a while that Legendary has been working on a belated sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 slasher classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with the film ultimately finding a home at Netflix.

Legendary acquired the rights to the property back in 2017 and completed production back in March of this year. It has previously been announced that the film will take a similar approach to the recent Blumhouse Halloween sequels, effectively ignoring all of the sequels in favour of a belated follow-up that picks up from the original, decades later.

The brief synopsis reads: ‘After years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorise a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.’

With Lionsgate’s previous entry in the saga – 2017’s Leatherface – struggling heavily both critically and commercially, it will be interesting to see if the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre can reignite interest in the franchise in the way the recent Halloween sequels have managed to with that particular series. Netflix has stated that it aims to ‘“bring the most notorious horror franchise back to life in the same bold and provocative manner that it was first introduced to the world”.

The movie is set to release on February 18th. You can catch the trailer below.

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