Texas Chainsaw 3D title

Tag line : Evil Wears Many Faces

Texas Chainsaw 3D coverThe latest in the ever increasingly disjointed series of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films completely ignores the 2003 remake, and most of the original sequels, with a story that picks up directly after the original 1974 film.

Flashing back to the events of the original, showing the escape of Sally Hardesty from the Sawyer household, the Sheriff goes to confront the Sawyer clan, who have enlisted the help of their extended family (which features a few familiar faces in different roles) to defend the property. But just as it looks like they're about to give themselves up, an angry vigilante mob descends on the place and burns it to the ground.

Flashing forward to the present day and young Heather Miller (Alexandra Daddario), has just discovered she had a Grandmother she never knew about and that she's just inherited her rather large estate. Heading out to the property with her boyfriend Ryan (played by singer Trey Songz) and a few friends, they settle down for  weekend of partying, not realising that the house, and indeed her family history, is harbouring a very dark secret.

Yes, there's an unexpected guest in the house, who's been hiding there for a number of years, and there's no prizes for guessing what happens next, as Leatherface makes an appearance and pretty soon, teens are getting sliced and diced all over the place in graphic detail.

Filmed for the 3D market (which means if you want to watch this in 3D at home, you'll need one of those newfangled 3DTV sets and a Blu-Ray player), the film has some fun moments, with chainsaw blades sticking out of the screen and blood and guts flying directly into the camera lens and also takes a moment to make fun of the "Saw" films (which is never a bad thing).

But, the film does take some appalling liberties, as the lead character, Heather, was a baby in 1974 but is now supposedly about 25,  so theoretically, this film should be set around the late 90s/early 00s. Yet one of the police officers is clearly using a smart phone with a video camera, which have only been around since 2010 (or thereabouts), in which case she should be almost 40? The other thing is, how does this film fit in with the original sequels? Also, irrespective of whether Leatherface happened to be a distant relative, wouldn't most people be a little bit cross with him if he'd just butchered your partner and all your friends?

But leaving those criticisms aside, the movie is a really fun film and I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the anachronisms and the ending being a little silly and the fact I kept wanting to scream "Don't go into the cellar" at the screen throughout the film. If you like madmen with chainsaws carving up teenagers, then you can't really go wrong and it was kind of interesting seeing a number of familiar faces in different roles during the opening (or even the same roles in one case).

Overall Marks 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Bill Moseley, who played Chop Top in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" played the role of Drayton Sawyer/The Cook in this. Moseley was good friends with original actor Jim Siedow before he died, and the producers thought he was the best choice for taking over the role.

  • The films budget was $20,000,000.

  • Boss Sawyer was played by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original film.

  • Writer Adam Marcus, also wrote and directed "Jason Goes to Hell : The Final Friday".

  • Leatherface's name was originally going to be Jebediah in an early draft of the script, but this was changed to Jedediah "Jed" Sawyer in the finished film. Though he was referred to as "Bubba" in the second "Texas Chainsaw" movie, this was meant to be a nickname.

  • Though set in Texas, it was actually filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • The role of Grandpa was played by John Duggan, who played him in the original 1974 film.

  • Marilyn Burns, who played Sally Hardesty in the original, played Verna in this. This was also her first starring role in 28 years (not including her brief guest role in "Texas Chainsaw 4 : The Next Generation").

  • Sheriff Hooper was named after Tobe Hooper, who wrote and directed the original.

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