Hey Creepy Catalogers,
Happy legacy horror weekend!
The ninth Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) film hit Netflix on Friday, Feb 18th where “after nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.” This film is a direct sequel to the 1974 original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, though it takes place almost 50 years later.
More specifically, the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre will deal with hipsters attempting to gentrify Leatherface’s stomping grounds only to get some “pushback” from the first family of Texas horror. It’s also been hinted that Sally Hardesty will return, possibly as a reclusive Laurie Strode figure set on revenge (or at least survival). Fede Alvarez, one of the writers, said it is up to fans whether they want to include the other sequels in their world of Leatherface Lore or not. Here’s the trailer:
I Blame Society (2021). Streaming on Shudder. This is a hysterical dark comedy horror film about a down-on-her luck filmmaker trying to break into the business. Short on opportunity she turns her attention towards making a documentary based on a compliment she once received that she could execute the perfect murder. Her friends and colleagues (rightfully) point out that this is creepy af! What is you doing baby!!! But she persists in moving forward with the morbid project and her personality begins to go through a transformation as she gets closer to “the perfect ending”.
Superhost (2022). streaming on Shudder started a bit slow but once Gracie Gillam (the titular Superhost) arrived on screen it was fun and deranged. I would love to watch this one while staying in an AirBnb.
Kimi (2022). Streaming on HBO Max. A new thriller from Steven Soderbergh starring Zoë Kravitz about a tech worker at an Amazon-like company in Seattle who overhears a murder on an Alexa-like device and then fights for her own life when a hit is put out on her to cover up the crime. If you’re into Alexa driven murder plots, have you read the short story Alexa Told Me Where The Bodies Are Buried?
Antlers (2021) starring Keri Russell also just hit HBO Max but it wasn’t one of my favs. Be your own judge if it looks good to you!
This week in horror:
- Fresh with Sebastian Stan looks wild and the wait is short. It’s coming to Hulu on March 4.
- After being pushed back a bunch of times the Patricia Highsmith Deep Water adaptation with Ben Affleck also has a (teaser?) trailer and it looks like it’s going to drop directly on Hulu on March 18.
- A Stephen King cookbook called Castle Rock Kitchen is coming out in October, just in time for Halloween and holiday gifting. I can’t wait to cook my way through it and I hope to see some of Annie Wilkes and Wendy Torrance’s favorite recipes!
- A deep dive into Texas Chainsaw lore.
- The goodest boys in horror history.
- 26 trivia facts about Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece, Black Swan (2010).
- The best horror movies on Netflix (updated Feb 2022).
Happy streaming and stay spooky!