Another entry in the ever increasingly disjointed series of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films. Which 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 Sally Hardesty escaping 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 a 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.
Originally Filmed for the 3D market, which makes some scenes look a bit odd when watching in standard 2D, the film has some fun moments, with chainsaw blades sticking out of the screen and blood and guts flying directly into the camera lens, as well as making fun of the "Saw" films in places (which is never a bad thing). But it also takes some appalling liberties.
The film is supposedly set 20-30 years after the original, meaning this should take place around the early 00's, yet appears to be set in present day, as everyone is driving modern cars and using smart phones. Also, even if Heather is somehow related to Leatherface, I think most people in her position would be rather annoyed with him, if he had just killed their partner and 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. 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).