This article discusses the ending of the Netflix film Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so will contain major spoilers.
Almost 50 years after the initial killings, Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of young friends who lure Leatherface out of hiding following the death of his mother, leading them to be picked off one by one as the chainsaw-wielding madman deals with his loss.
Anyone familiar with the franchise will be aware that the ending of any Texas Chainsaw film is never a mystery — almost everyone dies, except one lucky individual. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is absolutely no exception to this.
After all of their friends, plus a bonus Texan that Leatherface got a hold of along the way, are killed, sisters Melody and Lila (played by Sarah Yarkin and Elsie Fisher respectively) are all that remains of the group he holds responsible for the death of his mother. Of course, she’ll never be entirely avenged until they’re all dead, so naturally, God’s ultimate apex predator continues his killing spree, literally cutting down anything that stands in his way. This starts with an entire busload of people getting chopped like the watermelons on Fruit Ninja and continues when a rather lackluster Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré) eventually comes face-to-face with the killer who murdered all of her friends, with the vision of doing the same to her before she escaped almost 50 years prior.
In true ‘your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they never stopped to think if they should’ style, Sally is a character that would’ve been far better remembered if she had been left in 1974, which Texas Chainsaw Massacre seems to realize, killing her off in remarkably gruesome fashion, but not before she’s had a dreadfully forced, supposedly badass legacy character moment crowbarred into her arc.
Netflix film Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) ending explained
This leaves us once again back with the two sisters, who appear to be narrowed down to just one following a car crash which leaves Melody pinned to the driver’s seat. Leatherface and Lila face off against one another, brawling in the mud and the blood until it looks like Lila is well and truly overpowered. Of course, big sis Melody miraculously manages to free herself in the meantime, which results in the pair of them joining forces once again to try and take down Leatherface who, by this point, is looking quite impressive, physically speaking, when you consider his age and the fact he’s been tearing after young ones all day.
Ultimately, the girls take him out, and he sinks to the bottom of a drainage system/septic tank/some form of a pool of water that naturally resides underground in a building situated in the middle of town, never to bother anyone ever again.
Or does he?
No, of course he doesn’t. Just as the two sisters are about to high-tail it out of town, a big arm smashes through the window of the car and drags Melody out of it, leaving Lila to look on, screaming after her, as Leatherface beheads her, and seemingly reclaims Harlow until the next bunch of fools turn up.
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