I saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre at a very young age. Too young honestly, young enough to buy into the hype that this was based on true events, and young enough to not want to walk home alone after viewing it.
It was one of those movies that left an impression, one that has grown throughout the years. It's a film that will never be duplicated, from the opening credits to the crazed chainsaw dance at the end. It truly is 90 minutes of insanity caught on film.
With that said since 1974 there have been three sequels, a remake, and prequel to the remake, and finally in 2013 almost 40 years after the original's release we get....Another sequel. Confused? So were the filmmakers.
Texas Chainsaw 3D takes place after poor Sally Hardesty made her escape from the Sawyer house. For those people who are not familiar with the original (believe it or not they're out there) we are shown a series of post converted 3D clips from the original film.
Thus begins my list of complaints. My BIGGEST issue with the film is that when the credits finally roll it feels like one big lost cause. Of all the things they could have done with the characters, they went down a very obvious path. Don't get me wrong, it's a studio picture...They did what needed to be done to get this one into theaters. But I can't help but think of all the angles that could have been played to make this one a very memorable extension of the original.
They rebuild the original home of Leatherface down to the smallest detail only to destroy it. We're introduced to a large group of extended family with nothing explained. The biggest plothole is one I'd rather not mention in this blog, simply because it's been discussed to the point of annoyance. I'd rather concentrate on Trey Songz. Why is he in this movie? Boy oh boy.
The story is about a young girl who travels to Texas to claim her inheritance, what she doesn't know however, is that the House included comes with a very fun roommate in the form of Leatherface. The plot isn't as wretched as I might have made it out to be earlier, it does have some strengths. It's about a small-town cover up, family values, and chainsaws. It's certainly not the weakest of the sequels but it's also not the strongest. Dan Yeager dons the flesh mask this time around and he does a decent job. The mask is the only issue I have, after all of these years they still can't get it right. However, Leatherface is back to being the simpleton he was in the original and lucky for him the victims this time around are just as intelligent.
A lot of people hate this movie, with good reason, some of the plot holes are so obvious it's borderline ridiculous, the 3D isn't that great, the characters are all stereotyped and predictable. However, I will end this review on a positive, I had FUN with this movie. I will see the inevitable sequel.
Here's hoping this sequel leads to more people seeking out the original.