‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Requel’ Fatigue

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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘requel’ fatigue

A new Chainsaw Massacre The film debuted on Netflix last week, ostensibly to tell the story of Leatherface to a younger generation, much like the recent Halloween and Yell “requests”.

I was hopeful that the filmmakers could justify doing another TCM—there was already a remake in 2003, as well as more than half a dozen other franchise films. But the new generation in this movie is influencers who travel to a deserted town in Texas, and while there are horror movies that do influencer vanity well (2020s Party is a good example), TCM doesn’t do anything interesting with it.

Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 film was controversial when it was released but ultimately influential: it helped shape the “final girltheory, explored in Carol Clover’s 1992 formative book Men, women and chainsaws. Sally Hardesty, the last girl from the original film, is played in the new film by Olwen Fouerebut she ham fist showdown with Leatherface is comically cut shortto the point that it is to become a same.

Chainsaw Massacre has some visceral, bloody kills, but no other real purpose. There is no emphasis on the cannibal family first movies. there is a wave school shooting scenario who feels forced. The only memorable scene is when a party bus full of influencers is sawn off by Leatherface as they try streaming it livebecause no one knows if he’s on the party bus or not.


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TikToker finds ‘The Office’ chili recipe in Peacock’s terms and conditions

In a viral TikTok posted last week, TikToker Mckenzie Floyd (@mckenziefloyd) revealed Peacock’s Secret Easter Egg: A chili recipe from Office.

Kevin’s Famous Chiliis famous among Office fans, featured in the cold open slapstick to episode “Casual Friday“, and recreated IRL by many people, including the YouTube cooking channel Binger with Babish.

In this TikTok, Floyd scrolls through the entire chili recipe, including instructions, saying she discovered it because her boyfriend always read the terms and conditions.

“Is it because no one ever reads them? she wrote in the caption of the video.

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*First published: February 23, 2022, 12:00 p.m. CST

Audra Schröder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s Senior Entertainment Editor, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch and Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.

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