Spanning nearly 50 years, the iconic Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has garnered a lot of attention from the horror movie fans. I know, you are also the one!
We are mapping the best chronological watch order – from the gritty 1974 original slasher to modern reimaginings – for Leatherface’s blood-soaked family history.
If you are scratching your head thinking where to start this classic hollywood horror franchise then, here’s your destination. Let’s start the Leatherface show.
Texas Chain Saw Massacre Movies in Order
Here’s the chronological order of Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise but streaming can be challenging because they aren’t available on a single network. Here’s the order:
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
This is the original horror classic directed by Tobe Hooper that started it all. It introduced the terrifying character of Leatherface and the chaos that ensues when a group of friends come across his family’s house. Considered one of the most influential Halloween horror films, it is a must-watch for any horror fan.
Streaming for FREE on Peacock, TUBI, Pluto TV, Plex, and Amazon Freevee inside the United states.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Directed by Hooper as well, this sequel has a more comedic tone. It features the return of Leatherface and his cannibal family as they terrorize a radio DJ played by Caroline Williams. Dennis Hopper also stars as a former Texas Ranger out for revenge.
Available on MAX and DirecTV inside USA.
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
This installment ignores the previous sequel and picks up with Leatherface on another murderous rampage. It introduces new group of potential victims for him to terrorize.
Streaming exclusively for MAX subscribers inside the United States.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
Also ignoring the prior sequels, this one has Leatherface and family targeting a group of teenagers on prom night. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger early in their careers. The film was also known as The Return of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1995).
Streaming on Peacock premium in US, UK, and Ireland.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
This is a reboot of the original film directed by Marcus Nispel. It reimagines the 1974 movie with a young cast including Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, and Andrew Bryniarski as the new Leatherface.
Available exclusively for MAX subscribers inside US.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Serving as a prequel to the 2003 version, this details the origin story of how Leatherface and his family turned into cannibalistic killers. R. Lee Ermey stars as the sadistic Sheriff Hoyt.
Also, streaming on MAX.
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
Picking up where the 1974 original left off, this sequel introduces a young woman who travels to Texas to collect an inheritance, only to encounter Leatherface and his cannibal kin. Alexandra Daddario plays the lead heroine.
Only available for renting or purchasing at Apple TV, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and other VOD platforms.
This prequel centers on the early life of Leatherface before the events of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It shows his teen years escaping from a mental institution and turning murderous.
Streaming on DirecTV and available for rent on VOD platforms.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)
Directed by David Blue Garcia, this slasher film focuses on the serial killer Leatherface, who is targeting a group of young adults and returning to confront a vengeful survivor from his last encounter.
Lionsgate had plans to release five more films after Leatherface in 2017 but this become the final movie of the franchise as the studio lost rights to Legendary Pictures. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix.
Movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Now, the series has been ended but you are still hungry, Right? Then, checkout these sleeper hits after you finish the franchise:
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Another classic 70s horror about a family tormented by cannibal savages in the desert.
Wrong Turn (2003)
People stray into the terrain of violent backwoods killers, similar idea to TCM.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Rob Zombie’s crazy slasher about a sadistic family of serial killers.
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, further twisted adventures of the Firefly family.
Wolf Creek (2005)
Brutal Australian horror with a crazed killer attacking stranded backpackers.
The Descent (2005)
Group of women spelunkers encounter vicious underground creatures. Effective and intense.
Backpacking travelers end up being tortured by sadists. Gory but suspenseful.
The Strangers (2008)
Creepy home invasion horror with masked assailants stalking a couple.
The Collector (2009)
Thief breaks into a house that turns out to be rigged with deadly traps.
You’re Next (2011)
Home invaders realize they picked the wrong house in this clever slasher.
Evil Dead (2013)
Bloody remake of the Sam Raimi classic about demonic forces unleashed.
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