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‘Brute 1976’ – Upcoming Horror Movie Pays Tribute to ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Hills Have Eyes’

Brute 1976

The Upcoming Horror Film Promises To Be “Hot, Dirty, and Bloody!”

The Christmas spirit has a far reach — from Scrooge giving impoverished Tiny Tim a turkey (which makes him raise his crutch in joy) to now Marcel Walz gifting the horror-loving masses a throwback to 1970s horror with his upcoming film  Brute 1976.

Neon Noir, the independent production company known for thrillers like Blind, That’s a Wrap, and Garden of Eden, serves up this latest film.

In an interview with Deadline, Brute 1976’s director, Walz, described how he’s long admired “both the originals and remakes” of The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In addition, Joe Knetter, the screenwriter, is a kindred fan of the 1970s classics and said their project is “our love letter to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

What’s The Film About?

According to Deadline, the synopsis reads: 

“Brute 1976 will begin with the story of Raquel and her girlfriend, whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere as they travel to a photo shoot in the desert to celebrate Bicentennial unity. They stumble across an abandoned mine and explore it. At the same time, the photoshoot group replaces her with make-up artist Sunshine and then finds the abandoned town Savage, which has a violent history but is the perfect place to take some photos.”

“However, a family of masked psychopaths has claimed the town for themselves and are hell-bent on it living up to its name.”

Beyond Walz and Knetter’s appreciation for slashers of yesteryear, they discussed how the challenging shooting location in the barren desert of Nevada and California influenced the film’s atmosphere – making it “hot, dirty, and bloody.”

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) | Image: Legendary Entertainment

A Gut-Wrenching Cast

Besides writing and directing talent – as well as a perfectly executed, hostile environment – acting power is on the table with the following cast members: Adriane McLean (Miracles of Christmas), Sarah French (Blind), Gigi Gustin (The Retaliators), Dazelle Yvette (Garden of Eden), and Adam Bucci (NCIS Los Angeles).

A release date has not been set, but in the meantime, check out the film that inspired it all: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

The Hills Have Eyes (1977) | Image: Searchlight Pictures

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) New Line Cinema Official Trailer

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Laura is a screenwriter and script consultant based in New York. She has a penchant for absurd comedy and psychological thrillers.
Matt Keyser is a recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelor's in Communications-Journalism. He is a freelance entertainment reporter with a focus on film and television. As a former senior programming coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival, Matt's experience with critiquing narratives and documentaries has helped showcase his passion for television and cinema through his writing.