I was a fan of the original, and love to see the part of it converted into 3D. Although Texas Chainsaw 3D is not particularly scary unlike the original, it is quite a fun dark thriller with a good ending that I did not anticipate. You have to be open-minded enough to accept Leatherface as a likeable good guy to fully appreciate the story.
The actresses are among the hottest in the Chainsaw series. I prefer the girls in their 20s and not 40s. Therefore, this sequel should take place in the 90s. A couple of minor things could have been done better. Heather's grandma should die in 1994 instead of 2012. The cop should use a camcorder to take videos instead of a smart phone that didn't exist in the 90s. I can live with these minor goofs--not really a big deal.
The ending is unexpected and awesome. Be sure to keep wearing the 3D glasses through the rolling credits for the one last 3D scene. Love it.
Pros well paced, great story, great actors, 3d is cool, hot girls, good unexpected ending, a few jump scares
John Luessenhop's "sequel" to Tobe Hooper's nerve-crushing original from 1974 is a confused, sloppy, toothless mess that is even worse than that pathetic remake from 2003. That the trailers and promotionals offered what looked like a fresh and scary re-imagining makes this an even more painful letdown.
The film begins with horribly edited cuts of Hooper's original, butchering some of the more famous shots that transcend the genre. The new film then begins seconds after the first left off, with swarms of Texas cops surrounding the Sawyer house, demanding they give themselves up. But an angry mob of townspeople overrules the policemen and burns the house to the ground. It's assumed that everyone dies. But the mentally handicapped "Leatherface" survives in the basement, and his cousin, as an infant, is secretly rescued by a family in the mob.
Then we jump forward a confusing amount of years. Confusing because the rescued baby is now a young woman, but certainly no older than twenty- six. Ambiguous clothing, locales and vehicles offer more confusion than homage or clarity, but eventually we find out that it is, indeed, 2012. Now wait, an infant in 1974 would be around thirty eight years old, right? Alexandra Daddario does NOT play a thirty-eight year-old. So why not set the film in an earlier time period? Beats me. This is the first of the film's many problems, and its utter blatantness is so baffling one wonders what the script supervisors and continuity people were doing on set.
The film hits its high point when the girl travels to Texas with her friends to check out a mansion she inherited from her unknown grandmother. When the curious young adults get a little too curious and discover a face-wearing, chainsaw-wielding psycho in the basement, the scares are intense and powerful. But poor directorial choices lead the segment to end too quickly, missing some profound opportunities both in storytelling and camera-work.
The story goes horribly south at this point, as the girl learns of her heritage and becomes empathetic with her long-lost cousin, Leatherface, apparently forgetting that he's butchered all of her friends for barbecue meat. Before the horrid film reaches its miserable and sequel- forcing ending, we witness a ridiculous chainsaw sword fight and have completely lost the ability to be terrified by the film's monster. When (spoiler) the girl throws Leatherface his chainsaw and says "Do your thing, cuz", you might just vomit in your mouth a little bit. Most frustratingly of all is a plot device that would have stopped everything from happening, but without a convincing reason for why it didn't do just that.
And yes, filming has started on the sequel. God help us all.
As the title iLife's, this is the 7th version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and it's not bad, especially in 3D. The story line is interesting, taking place after the original from the 70's. The gore is good, the acting is bad. The special effects are decent. The actors are pretty, though I was very disheartened when the movie ended and I realized there was no gratuitous nudity, just a lot of camera work on following short shorts and bare chests, of men. Oh well, I can't have it all.