REVIEWS: Horror & SyFy — January 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

REVIEW: Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

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Everybody please stand up, and welcome our beloved Leatherface back! Being fans of the original Tobe Hooper’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, we couldn’t skip this sequel of course.

The story of “Texas Chainsaw 3D” takes place right after the events of the original film, when Sally manages to break free from the “family house”, and barely escapes wounded Leatherface on the highway.

What happens next is that locals suspect the the Sawyer family being responsible for the massacre of innocent teens.

Negotiations and talks do not last long, as enraged locals surround the “family house” and burn it to the ground, while the sheriff doesn’t do anything to stop them.

They of course didn’t know that one member of the family, the one that stands 6’5 and wears a mask, somehow managed to escape…

Decades later a young woman named Heather (stunning Alexanda Daddario) learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from her grandmother. Naturally, she decides to bring her friends along on the road trip to investigate her inheritance.

Upon arrival, she learns that the inheritance is a big old mansion, that itself holds a dark secret. A very big, dark secret.

Of all “TCM” films that were released after the original 1973 film, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is the one that truly follows the story of the original, despite occasional small flaws.

“Texas Chainsaw 3D” also brings us familiar faces, such as Marilyn Burns (Sally from the original film), Bill Moseley (from “TCM 2”) and the legendary Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface).

Despite the fact that Moseley and Hansen both have very limited roles, their appearance is definitely something the fans can appreciate.

The Leatherface here is played by Dan Yeager – the part of the chainsaw-wielding madman was only his second film credit as an actor.

Yeager is bigger than Hansen was in the original film, and the “new Leatherface” is given much more character in this film. By the way, why the hell is he named “Jed” instead of “Bubba” like he was in the first film? Weren’t we supposed to “closely follow” the original?

As a result of changes made to the Leatherface character, it became more humane so to speak, but it lost in what the original Leatherface had…

Hansen as the original Leatherface was scary, because there wasn’t really any backstory about his character in the 1973 film. He was just a big nutcase with a chainsaw, wearing masks made of human skin. Nothing else. Pure terror.

The rest of the actors do just fine. Alexandra Daddario is an eye candy, and if the decision is made on another “TCM” film, it would be nice to see her return, to play a more negative part in the film.

Well-known actor Richard Riehle and Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood appear in limited parts, but fit right in.

The effects in the film are good, nothing spectacular, but no CGI either – at least it doesn’t show.

Having already made over $30 million worldwide, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is definitely recommended for viewing at least once, despite Leatherface being shown “softer” than he probably should have been.

BZFILM SCALE: 6/10

 



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