Unpopular opinion of the day: Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror flick “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is not a good film. Sure, it broke new ground in terms of intensity and introduced a lot of people to the extremes of hardcore horror, but it’s far from entertaining. The characters are nerve-shredding idiots, the villains are head-splitting irritants, and the direction is spotty at best. In fact, I’d say Marcus Nispel’s version of the material is far more effective despite the questionable presence of Jessica Biel. Feel free to build a wooden cross in your parents’ musty basement and nail me to if you feel the need, but, deep down, you know I’m right.
According to the folks at Slashfilm, Tobe Hooper is in talks with Twisted Pictures to direct a “contemporary” version of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” though what that specifically entails is anybody’s guess. In case you’re a little behind, Twisted Pictures purchased the rights to the franchise from Platinum Dunes earlier this year, which, depending on your position, may be a good or a bad thing. My only reservation about the project is the presence of Stephen Susco, the man responsible for the penning both “The Grudge” and “The Grudge 2.” Let’s just say I’m not very impressed with his work thus far.
Are these rumors true? Nobody really seems to know. The only certainty is my increasing disdain for mainstream American horror. Is an original idea so hard to craft? Am I forced to scour the microbudget scene for my genre fix? Unless things take an sudden, unexpected turn within the next year, it would seem so.