While we’re on the subject of Texas Chainsaw Massacre I wanna talk about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre continuity, or lack there of. It seems like every movie has a continuity problem, this franchise is pretty much like the Godzilla movies. The Godzilla movies in Japan, pretty much every sequel they make pretty much becomes a direct sequel to the original film from the 50s. The there was the original continuity that ran from the 50s to the 80s, then they pretty much rebooted it with a new series that went into the 80s to the 90s. Then pretty much every Godzilla movie in the 2000s was a direct sequel to the original, or so I’ve read, correct me if I’m wrong. The American Godzilla are a total other continuity.
But enough about Godzilla, the point is, every TCSM movie seems to be a direct sequel to the original. There was the original and it’s sequel, which had the return of the cast member Jim Siedow who played The Cook who he was credited in the original and in its sequel was giving the name Drayton Sawyer, along with the rest of his family Bubba Sawyer (Leatherface), Nubbins Sawyer (Hitchhiker), Chop-Top Sawyer, and Grandpa Sawyer.
The third movie is titled Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. You’d think being titled as TCSM3 would mean it follows the same canon as the first two. But it doesn’t seem to, considering that Leatherface got a chainsaw to the gut at the end of the second movie, doesn’t seem likely he could survive that. I mean, I know it’s a slasher, but TCSM was kinda based on reality, so to speak. Course, Leatherface got it in the gut and was still pressing on the final battle. But still. Also, the prologue of the third movie said that a Sawyer named WE took the fall for Leatherface’s killings. And Leatherface has a leg brace after the chainsaw cut him at the end of the first, yet he didn’t have it in the second. Not to mention they call Leatherface Junior instead of Bubba. But the third movie had a cameo from actress Caroline Williams who played Stretch from the second movie. Also, the second movie had the quote “The Saw is Family” which was also engraved on Leatherface’s new chainsaw in the third.
Then there was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, made by one of the writers of the original, which you’d think it would be in good hands. It wasn’t. According to IMDB, this was supposed to be a sequel to the first movie only that the Hitchhiker was gonna be alive gripped after being run over by a truck, but they changed that with a prologue explained “two other minor events” referencing the second and third movies, but again, the continuity doesn’t seem to add up between films. They didn’t seem to eat people, they ate pizza instead, and Leatherface dressed as a woman, instead of being called Sawyers they were called Slaughters, and they seem to work for some kind of organization that kills people. WTF? Pretty much the only good that came out of that movie was Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger.
Then we got the remake and it’s prequel, which I don’t think were bad films, I actually enjoyed them a lot. But they really don’t count because they actually have a steady continuity and it’s okay for it to be different because it’s a remake continuity. It’s not the Sawyers, it’s the Hewitts, Leatherface in particular named Thomas Brown Hewitt.
Then you have the newest one, Texas Chainsaw. This one definitely retconned it’s predecessors, considering that it takes up right after the first left off with all the Sawyers being killed and Leatherface escaping into hiding for 40 years. Despite being in a different continuity, they keep the family’s name, Sawyer, and the leader of the clan named Drayton. Leatherface being named Jed Sawyer in this one, and he and Heather were the only surviving Sawyers.
Now, there’s a new TCSM movie coming out soon, a prequel to the original simply titled Leatherface, which tells the origin story of how Leatherface became the chainsaw wielding skin mask wearing cannibal we know and love. Now, the working title they put online was called Texas Chainsaw 4, which gave some people the impression that it would be set in the canon of the first, second, and third film. It seems hard to connect the second and third movie, but not impossible, unlike the other films, cause Next Generation and Texas Chainsaw seem to stand out the most. What also lend credence to the theory is in the credits on IMDB, an actor is credits as Nubbins, the Hitchhiker from the first whose name was revealed in the second movie only. But then again, Drayton Sawyer still had that name in both the second and Texas Chainsaw despite being in separate continuities. The movie might just end up being like the others, a direct prequel to the original and retcons all the others.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But the franchise as a whole is just a disaster, in my opinion the worst slasher franchise. Again, there’s nothing wrong with the original, it’s one of the greatest, but all of the films combined is a nightmare. They’re probably will never be an official explanation. Again, you probably just have to choose which sequel you like the best and consider that continuity. In my opinion, the third movie was the best sequel, but if it retcons the second movie, it shouldn’t be called TCSM3. The second movie took it in the wrong direction with the comedy, the Next Generation was just stupid, Texas Chainsaw could’ve been good but failed miserably, and I love the remake and its prequel.
That’s all I have to say. I think I’m gonna make me some dinner.