Netflix’s latest film, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, has squandered the iconic character so well known in horror films, Sally Hardesty.
Spoiler alert! Don’t read this article if you haven’t watched the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.
‘ Texas Chainsaw Massacre ‘ was criticized for not being able to maximize the presence of Sally Hardesty, the original character from the first film. This disappointment was also expressed by Collider journalist, Chase Hutchinson, in his feature article.
Chase goes on to explain how the people behind the ‘ Texas Chainsaw Massacre ‘ don’t know what to do with Sally’s character. His brief appearance was one of the reasons he said that Sally was only brought up to increase the hype of the audience, especially horror film fans.
The character Sally also Chase said had been relegated to something “narrow“. That is, he is only seen as a character who appears because of his revenge alone. In fact, many aspects can be extracted from the character played by Olwen Fouere.
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Sally’s first appearance that didn’t live up to expectations
The film ‘ Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ opens with a series of scenes such as a television report that narrates the events in the first film (which is also narrated by the narrator of the original film, John Larroquette), then the new character in the film, Lila (Elsie Fisher), asks where the one person is. only one survived, Sally Hardesty.
As it turns out, Sally had joined the Texas Ranger Division in pursuit of Leatherface, though never found him because he was wearing someone else’s face mask on his face.
Chase thinks that this is an opening that suggests that Sally will be an important element of this new story, building anticipation for the character’s return.
However, all of these predictions were wrong and immediately turned into a kind of deception to fool the audience into thinking that Sally would actually be a major part of the story. “This film not only doesn’t do anything interesting with the character, it completely squanders it,” Chase wrote.
The original Sally is a very iconic character
Chase again brings to mind the iconic status that Sally had in the original film, as well as in the horror industry at large. The final scene of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece remains one of the scariest and most influential horror films to date.
The audience was amazed by the chaos and beauty of the final scene. Sally ran away from Leatherface’s house screaming and laughing at the same time. The scene beautifully shows how a mixture of gripping terror is mixed with excitement. Sally has lost her brother Franklin, but she too is finally free from the horrors that must befall her.
Although it’s certainly difficult for them to reproduce the perfection of the scene, Chase regrets that ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ doesn’t even want to match the perfection of the first film.
Instead, Sally’s entire role serves only as a ploy to generate interest in a weak sequel. Sally didn’t appear in the movie until it had been half an hour, when she got a call that Leatherface had returned.
Such a wasted character and the emptiness of Sally’s death
Sally’s death has no more weight or significance because of how little the character is present in the film. Despite being played well by Olwen Fouéré, Sally didn’t look like she was going to have a fistfight with Leatherface half an hour later, which was too late. Sally’s presence was almost unimportant.
To let a character of Sally’s caliber spend most of her role traveling in a car and then simply being killed is a mind-boggling decision that betrays the film’s vision.
In his death, he was truly thrown into a pile of garbage. This is an unintended indication of what the people behind the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ really think for the character Sally.