Texas Chainsaw Massacre ending (and post-credits scene) explained

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE Cr. Yana Blajeva / ©2022 Legendary, Courtesy of Netflix
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE Cr. Yana Blajeva / ©2022 Legendary, Courtesy of Netflix /

Netflix’s latest horror movie just dropped today, and it’s a big one. Texas Chainsaw Massacre serves as a direct sequel to the original film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), bringing back a much older Leatherface (Mark Burnham) and final girl Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré), the lone survivor from the first movie. While the original movie is considered one of the best slasher movies of all time, the following entries haven’t been great — and unfortunately, that includes the new Netflix film.

The streamer had a ton of success in the horror genre with their Fear Street trilogy this past summer, but unfortunately Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a disappointment. If you’re planning to skip the movie and want spoilers, or you just need some context to how the movie ends, we’ve got all the information you need below.

Spoilers ahead for Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre follows a group of friends looking to start a new life and business out in Harlow, Texas. Melody (Sarah Yarkin) brings along her sister Lila (Elsie Fisher), who tragically had been a victim in a school shooting. She survived a gun shot and, understandably, isn’t excited about making such a big move.

With the movie’s short runtime of 83 minutes, it doesn’t take too long for Leatherface to start his killings, angry with the group of young adults for moving into his territory and indirectly harming his caretaker Virginia (Alice Krige). He’s determined to murder everyone in the small town, and basically does so. He kills Dante (Jacob Latimore), Dante’s girlfriend Ruth (Nell Hudson), and multiple people on a bus. Sadly, he also kills Sally.

By the end of the movie, it looks like Melody and Lila are going to be the only two survivors, switching up the final girl trope. However, the very final scene before the credits proves otherwise, as Leatherface beheads Melody with his chainsaw.

Who survives in Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

Melody and Lila are about to be on their way, getting into their car and switching it to autopilot to travel back home. They’re not exactly in a rush, which isn’t wise considering their circumstances, and as the car drives off, Leatherface appears and yanks Melody out the window. Lila starts screaming and looks out of the sun roof as Leatherface kills Melody. Leatherface holds Melody’s head up with pride as the car drives Lila away.

We then get Leatherface’s chainsaw “dance,” which isn’t as creepy as in the original film, but still cool to see. Fans will remember that Leatherface swings his chainsaw all up and around the air in the final moments of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre after Sally makes her escape. I definitely appreciated the nod to the OG!

By the credits, it looks like Leatherface and Lila are the only survivors.

What does the Texas Chainsaw Massacre post-credits scene mean?

If you watched the movie, you might not have stuck around for the post-credits scene. Make sure to check it out! In the quick scene, we see Leatherface walking up to a house with his chainsaw.

Though some might suspect it’s Sally’s house he’s planning to move into, it actually looks bigger than her place. It looks similar to the Sawyer family house from the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Given the new Netflix movie is a direct sequel to the original and ignores the rest of the movies in the franchise, it looks like Leatherface is going back home. This, of course, hints that there could be another entry.

Netflix hasn’t announced Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they make another one. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with everything we hear!

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