Director: John Luessenhop
Writer: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Kirsten Elms
Producer: Carl Mazzocon
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine 'Trey Songz' Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Richard Riehle, Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen
20 years after the original massacre, Heather Miller inherits a secluded Texas mansion, as well as the chainsaw-wielding inhabitant who comes with it.
Billed as a direct sequel to the Tobe Hooper original, Texas Chainsaw 3D has two different parts. The first part is routine slasher fare with very little of interest. Although there is a healthy share of flesh ripping and door rending with several noisy chainsaws, it comes with a heaping handful of overused horror film tropes, including: the car that refuses to start as the killer approaches (but finally does at the last moment), the (repeatedly) tripping heroine, and the open mirror that reflects something horrifying when it closes (accompanied by an appropriate musical sting, of course). If pointing at the screen and shouting “I know that reference!” sounds like fun, then some fans may at least be distracted by the winks and nods to the original film, as well as a cameo appearance by Saw villain Jigsaw in the form of a costumed carnival attendee.
The second part of the film introduces a twist that at least commands more attention, even though it demands that plenty of disbelief be swallowed in the process. Given the franchise history, it is fair to expect the fan faithful will grant a generous amount of leeway here. It is just that a transition like this could have been handled with a touch more believability. Since only the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre exists in this continuity, the filmmakers are already asking us to ignore the five films in between these two. But ignoring any semblance of logic is another ask entirely.
Nothing is missed by seeing the film in 2D. With the exceptions of Leatherface tossing a chainsaw at the camera and the obligatory 3D staple of a whirring chainsaw pointed straight at the audience, the 3D effects go largely unnoticed.
Too much retread territory weighs the movie down and prevents it from being worthwhile as a whole. However, the premise established for the inevitable sequel does have potential, even if it is hard to believe. As a first act of exposition for that film, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is passable. As a movie of its own, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is a pass.
NOTE: There is a post-credits scene.
Review Score: 45