aka: Texas Chainsaw
Director: John Luessenhop
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde
Evil wears many faces
Texas Chainsaw 3D is not a continuation of the Platinum Dunes remake and… prequel. This is instead a film that takes place directly after the original movie, but is yet set in modern times even if it is 40 years after the events of the original (are you able to keep up?). It is not uncommon that horror sequels take liberties with story times, but this is just a complete disregard for logic.
Anyway, the Mayor of Newt, Texas decide that the house where the Sawyer (yeah, their back to being Sawyers again) live should be burned down and they assume that every member of the cannibalistic family is now dead. There is however a baby that survived all of this, a young girl named Edith.
She is found by a local and is adopted to make sure she can grow up and have a normal life. Twenty (or forty?) years later she discovers that she was adopted when her grandmother dies, leaving her with an inheritance that she needs to go down in Texas to collect. She gets a few of her friends to join her, together with a hitchhiker they pick up on the way.
When they arrive she gets the keys to her grandmother’s house, but it doesn’t take long before they find out that there is more to her family heritage than just a house. Leatherface has been living in this house for all these years and he is not happy to see guests entering his home.
Looking past the obvious flaws in the time line and the fact that this isn’t supposed to be a part of the Platinum Dunes remakes, it sure as hell looks and feels like a continuation of it. It has a big budget look, it is violent and there’s very little that will remind you of the original film – even if they try to set this in the same world as it.
As a straight up slasherfest it doesn’t quite work either. The characters are all as dull as they have been in the previous films. I’m not sure why the filmmakers decided that it would be a good idea to make Ediths friends as annoying as possible, even making her best friend and boyfriend cheat on her. It’s one thing to have supporting characters be in a film just to kill them off, but please try not to make them as irritating as possible.
Alexandra Daddario plays the leading role and she is hot to look at, but there’s not much else interesting about her character or any of the other characters at all. They look more like models than actors to be honest and the filmmakers seem to be happy with just having them look good instead of trying to bring some life and passion into their performances.
They also try to twist everything by making the town evil and Leatherface good (!?!). It’s a surprising move, but what about the people he slaughters in the first part and what about what he has done previously? Are we really expected to have sympathy for him now? There’s plenty of other what the fuck choices being done here, like the entire carnival scene that feels so out of place it almost become comedic.
If at least the kill scenes was good then it might have been easier to forget about the lack of coherent story and character development, but they fail in that department as well. The gore effects are surprisingly bad and there’s no excuse for that in a film that has a decent budget like this one has.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is the latest attempt to cash in on one of the best horror films of all time. Like the two previous films, this has nothing to add and there’s not much to enjoy here. It looks decent enough, but lacks everything that a good movie need to have in place to succeed. But as long as these things make a ton of money the chainsaw won’t get a well deserved rest. It is not awful, but it is not close to being good either.