Texas Chainsaw Massacre Reboot earns an R Rating and an Official Title

The upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre restart has been officially rated an R. While this news isn’t exactly surprising given the horrific crimes Leatherface and his family committed on each episode of the series, it can nonetheless be considered good news for fans worried that it could only have been PG-13. According to the MPAA, the film is officially rated R for “strong, bloody horror, blood and language”.

This news also seems to confirm that the official title for the restart / sequel is simply Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s a similar approach to the Halloween franchise, where the 2018 film was also referred to simply as Halloween, despite serving as a sequel to the original film. This will also be the case with the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in which only the first TCM film and none of the other sequels are recognized. Like Halloween, the new TCM ignores a previous reboot, meaning this is the third film to be titled Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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While the new restart continues the story of the original 1974 film, directed by Tobe Hooper, new actors will appear in the roles. Mark Burnham (Lowlife) will play Leatherface, taking on the role originally played by the late horror legend Gunnar Hansen. Sally Hardesty, the last girl in the legendary Scream Queen Marilyn Burns’ first film, is portrayed by Olwen Fouéré (Mandy).

Also starring in the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre are Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Moe Dunford, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope and Jolyon Coy. David Blue Garcia is directed from a script by Chris Thomas Devlin. Evil Dead’s remake helper Fede Alvarez produced the project.

There have been many episodes of the TCM franchise, but the first film, titled “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” is still widely considered to be the best of them all. Inspired by the real-life crimes of necrophile Ed Gein, the film follows a group of friends who travel through Texas and fall victim to a family of cannibals in remote Texas. Despite its small budget, the film received praise for its acting and atmosphere. Many horror fans consider the title to be one of the scariest horror films ever made.

In previous sequels, the story has always felt a bit loose from one episode to the next, so in some ways almost every title felt like a restart of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Officially, the franchise restarted in 2003, with the film taking the story back to the 1970s with brand new characters. This film received its own prequel, The Beginning, before the franchise reworked the original timeline with Texas Chainsaw 3D. With another new continuity, the prequel Leatherface was also released in 2017.

Critical reception has been ubiquitous on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series so it will be interesting to see how the upcoming reboot plays out. Hopefully an official trailer isn’t too far away as the film has an official rating. This information comes from FilmRatings.com.

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