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Texas Chainsaw 3D – 4

Director – John Luessenhop

Cast – Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

This may seem odd to some, but when I first heard about Texas Chainsaw I breathed a sigh of relief. I was not particularly glad to learn of ANOTHER entry into the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, but I know to expect more and more of these until the producers eventually die off. My relief came when I learned that this would be a devout sequel and not a remake like the one in 2003 nor a prequel like the one in 2006, which would make this the first sequel since 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. I avoided watching this in theaters and forgot to check it out when it hit the dollar cinema, and after finally giving it a watch I can say I really did not miss out waiting as long as I did.

Heather, a young woman on a road trip to Louisiana with her friends, makes a stop in Texas to collect an inheritance from a deceased relative she has never met nor heard of. Much to her surprise, her relative left her a large country estate with a dark past and an even darker, chainsaw-welding resident lurking within.

Texas Chainsaw begins with a bit of backstory behind the chaos that occurred at the Sawyer family home thanks to the murderous antics of a young Leatherface. Only Heather and Leatherface survived the angry flash mob, with Leatherface hiding within the home and Heather, then a newborn child, taken away to be raised by another family. Fast forward until present day and Heather is now a grown woman whose inheritance proves to her that she was adopted – something her “parents” have kept from her to save her from her past. Much to their behest the curious butcher (it runs in the family, huh?) decides she will make a pit stop in Texas to check out her newly acquired property, and that proves to be a big mistake. Soon after arriving her friends convince her to stay one night so they can party and enjoy the large home, and naturally Leatherface crashes this party before it gets going. It does not take long for this carnage to appear on screen, making for one hell of a first act and then leaving things a bit awkward for the remainder of the film. Why? (SPOILER ALERT) Well, there are so many protagonist character deaths during this early segment of the film that the rest of the flick pales in comparison as far as the horror goes. Instead we see a lot of character drama involving small town politics and old vendettas, but thankfully the final act brings back a bit of gore. There are several other interesting writing ideas that I was not expecting, with the most prevalent one being the use of Leatherface as an anti-hero. I cannot say whether this was a good or bad move. I am sure that some will enjoy it while others will prefer to preserve his established character, but nonetheless it did make for something different for a change.

Director John Luessenhop’s execution is where the film really suffered, and it becomes really apparent after the initial carnage. At first the mean and gory kills had me enjoying the film, but as the runtime increased the quality of the film decreased, and in nearly every way possible. The acting performances were sub-bar, the special effects needed a lot of work, and his overall execution just faltered. Watching this as a 2D experience definitely had its negatives in regards to the gore. Since this is a 3D film the gore is all of CGI origin and the quality of this CGI gore is very poor. I also noticed what appeared to be some bonehead faults in the sound department, like a pitchfork impalement that came without sound effects. The the direction this poor I am shocked that Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper gave a praising remark for this film. Let’s hope Djinn is better than this.

Overall, Texas Chainsaw continues the popular series but does so with poor results. The gore is heavy, but that is the only positive the film has to offer.

Rating: 4/10

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