• The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

     is available Friday on Netflix, it is the direct sequel to the original Tobe Hooper film and wipes the slate clean of all the others.

  • Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Scream, Matrix

    … All the successful franchises are resurrected with one eye in the retro, another in the future, these are the “legacyquels”.

  • Behind the economic model put in place by Hollywood, there is also a question of transmission between generations of spectators.

Available Friday on Netflix,

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

of David Blue Garcia is the direct sequel to the homonymous – and cult – film by Tobe Hooper from 1974. Fifty years have passed since the original massacre, and a band of young influencers and entrepreneurs arrive in the ghost town of Harlow, Texas, with the idea of ​​rehabilitating it and doing business.

But they will cross paths with Leatherface, as well as Sally Hardesty, the only one to have escaped her chainsaw.

This new episode is the ninth in the franchise, but wipes the slate clean of all the others.

Again.

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A direct sequel that wipes the slate clean of all the others

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

has already had sequels, a remake, a prequel, and even “a direct sequel that wipes the slate clean of all the others” with

Texas Chainsaw 3D

in 2013. That was yesterday.

Halloween

, the other great horror saga, went through the same process, bringing Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode, the first victim and survivor of Michael Myers, in the aptly named 

Halloween, 20 Years Later

, only to kill her later. in

Halloween: Resurrection

.

Maybe you were thinking of another

Halloween 

?

Because, yes, rebelote, Jamie Lee Curtis is back, 40 years later, in David Gordon Green's new

Halloween

trilogy , both a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original film and a

retcon

of the entire franchise.

Retcon

for “retroactive continuity”.

If you like barbaric terms, we also speak of “legacyquel”.

Welcome to the world of “legacyquels”… of what?

Theorized by American journalist Matt Singer and deciphered in a

Télérama

video , this portmanteau word – between

legacy

and

sequel

, heritage and sequel – refers to all recent films that are neither a sequel, nor a remake, nor a reboot, or so, all at once: 

Creed

,

Blade Runner 2049

,

Terminator: Dark Fate

,

Tron – Legacy

,

Ghostbusters – Legacy

,

Matrix Resurrections

, and, of course,

Star Wars

postlogy .

To stay in the horror and in the tradition of its meta approach, the latest

Scream

quotes and even makes fun of the term.

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A "legacyquel" takes place a minimum of time after the original film or final episode, at least ten years, reunites the original cast alongside new and young characters, for what is intended to be both a sequel and a passage from torch.

For Hollywood, it is also a question of exploiting a franchise that has already proven itself, and therefore taking less risk, if not losing the new generations.

A new generation lost in advance?

You just have to see Steven from the YouTube channel Les Dossier Geek kindly bugging in front of the trailer for

Jurassic World - Le Monde d'après

and the reunion with the

Jurassic Park

trio  to better understand: "Ah but yes, I put them back, It's good.

From the original trilogy”.

If the industry conceives these films or series (hello

Cobra Kai

) as works in their own right, it is better to have seen the previous ones, the originals.

Crossed at the exit of a multiplex, two friends, in their twenties, were discussing the latest 

Spider-Man

.

One, a fan of cinema and pop culture, had seen and adored it, the other had preferred to pass her turn, because she “had not seen all the films and previous incarnations”.

She was afraid of not understanding anything.

It is clear that they were few in his case: 

Spider-Man: No Way Home

became the first superhero film in France, with more than 7 million admissions at the box office.

The universe, or rather the multiverse, of superheroes is conducive to "legacyquels" and fan service, with already what years ago

X-Men: Days of Future Past

and soon

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

for Marvel , and

The Flash

with the return of Michael Keaton as Batman for DC.

Yes, the process has become almost systematic in Hollywood.

Boba Fett's Book

recalled it in the best way, or the worst, depending.

The series about the bounty hunter, and cult character of

Star Wars

, quickly turned into a best of with multiple references and guests from 

The Mandalorian

,

The Clone Wars

, the original trilogy, etc.

Even more telling: Harrison Ford has already revisited his three most iconic roles with

Indiana Jones 4

,

Blade Runner 2049

and

The Force Awakens

.

But is this a bad thing?

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“It's all true.

The dark side.

The Jedi.

They are real”

As Rey told Han Solo, "There were stories about what happened."

To which he replies: “It is true.

Everything is true.

The dark side.

The Jedi.

They are real”.

It is also the subject of “legacyquels” and ultimately of pop culture, of passing the torch between generations of spectators.

From this point of view, the new

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

is interesting, since it is offered on Netflix, the platform for everyone but especially for young people.

If the film stands on its own, it also invites us to go back to the original "evil", Tobe Hooper's seminal film, its sequels including a

Next Generation

with pre-stars Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey, and why not push up to to the encyclopedic book of Julien Sévéon: 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(s), 1974-2017, a horrific odyssey

.

It remains to be seen how many years, generations, Hollywood can still hold on to this phenomenon.

Journalist Matt Singer is already announcing a peak, even the beginning of an end, with the majority of successful franchises revisited, a few failures (the two

Terminators

,

Genisys

and

Dark Fate

), and the limit or even the impasse for the creators, like the self-criticism or even self-destruction of a 

Matrix Resurrections

.

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