Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

New Netflix horror movie shot to #1, but viewers and critics are ripping it to shreds

Elsie Fisher as Lila in the new Netflix movie, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

Netflix has for a while now seemed to have something of a Midas touch when it comes to new horror genre content. From movies like the Fear Street trilogy to such series as Midnight Mass, horror fans have had no shortage of popular new titles to binge on the platform. Unfortunately, that halo does not extend to one of the streamer’s newest titles in this category: The just-released Texas Chainsaw Massacre Netflix movie, which has gotten terrible reviews over the past couple of days.

Even though it also just so happens to be the #1 movie on Netflix in the US at the moment, following its release on the streamer on Friday, February 18.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Netflix movie now streaming

As we detailed in our post leading into the weekend, here’s what you need to know about this sequel to the horror classic. “After nearly 50 years of hiding,” Netflix teases, “Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.”

The friends are Melody (Sarah Yarkin), her teenage sister Lila (Elsie Fisher), and their friends Dante (Jacob Latimore) and Ruth (Nell Hudson). All of whom head to the remote Texas town of Harlow to launch a new business venture. But their dream soon turns into a waking nightmare, Netflix’s summary continues, when they accidentally disrupt the home of Leatherface.

He, of course, is the franchise’s deranged serial killer “whose blood-soaked legacy continues to haunt the area’s residents. Including Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré), the sole survivor of his infamous 1973 massacre who’s hell-bent on seeking revenge.”

Rotten Tomatoes ratings

two women and two men stand together
Elsie Fisher as Lila, Sarah Yarkin as Melody, Nell Hudson as Ruth, and Jacob Latimore as Dante in the Netflix movie “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Image source: Yana Blajeva/Adobe

As we said from the outset, the new film’s reviews have not been kind so far. And that includes reviews from both critics and viewers.

As of the time of this writing? Netflix’s addition to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has scored an abysmal 29 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s based on 93 reviews, like this one from Entertainment Weekly. “A remake could have been fun if it had been made with vision,” it reads, “or at least an appreciation of the original. If that’s grade-A beef, call this one a rancid veggie burger.”

The Rotten Tomatoes score from fans, meanwhile, isn’t much better. There, the figure is a still-pretty bad 36 percent, based on more than 500 user ratings.

Some of the bad reviews from viewers include the following:

  • This was not it Fam … Better to look at it as a comedy rather than serious … actors … you did what you could.
  • Too many predictable horror movie cliches to explain how this (movie’s) bad. Don’t waste your time.
  • Do you like stupid characters that do everything stupid? Do you enjoy when characters move slow during chaos and hide in ridiculous places where there’s no escaping? Well then you’ll love this movie.
Andy Meek profile photo

Andy Meek is a reporter who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming. Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.