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Texas Chainsaw 3D
Documentary of Ed Gein- The Real Life Serial Killer that inspired 3 of Hollywood's best horror films
Texas Chainsaw 3D
Director: John Luessenhop
Writers: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Kirsten Elms, Stephen Susco, Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle, Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen, Sue Rock, David Born
Synopsis: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong grisly violence and language throughout
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The quasi alternate sequel that no horror fan asked for is finally here....
I'll admit that I did like the original film very much; in spite of not being a huge fan of slasher horror movies in general. However, it's movies like "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" that remind me of why I don't particularly care for the sub genre of horror.
Don't get me wrong, there are a few interesting ones like the original "Nightmare on Elm Street", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Scream" and etc. However, for every good slasher flick, there's like over a million that never should've been green lighted at all. Or, they're simply mediocre at best. Sadly, this is one of those films that falls into the latter. Like all slasher horror franchises, some will start off with a great premise. But through each progressive sequel, remake and/or reboot, the franchise starts to become a sad watered down version of itself; where even die hard fans will start to grow tired of the series' repetitiveness.
Like "Superman Returns" being a quasi-alternative sequel to "Superman II", "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" happens to be a quasi-alternative sequel to the original 1974 horror classic, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." During the first ten minutes of the film, it shows an abridged version of the events of the first movie before delving into the actual story. In fact, they even use some of the same archive footage, from the original, to tell this abridged version. From here, we find out that the girl that escaped, at the end of the original, was a daughter of one of the locals in town.
When she tells her father about the horrific events that took place, he takes it upon himself to go vigilante style on Leather Face's entire family, as they burn the house to the ground; in spite of the sheriff's warnings. In the end, it's assumed by the town that the entire family is dead, but a small baby is still alive, who happens to be Leather Face's baby cousin. As luck would have it, one of the locals adopt her and raise her as their own.
Years later, the baby is now a full grown college girl, who finds out that not only was she adopted, but she also comes to find out she's inherited a house up in Texas; thus her and three of her friends go to check it out. Like the original, they too pick up a strange hitchhiker, who also shares his own little secret, but I won't spoil it for readers.
To make a long story short, it doesn't take long before they all find out about Leather Face still being alive, and that's not even the worst of their problems either. I would go more into this, but I guess readers will have to see the film, in order to know what I'm talking about.
To be honest, I don't think this film was necessarily a bad movie per say, but it could've been a helluva a lot better. For starters, part of the allure of the original wasn't so much the violence or gore of it, but it was more about the simplicity of it. How, it wasn't trying to create some elaborate Hollywood story, but instead, the original focused more on five youths that found themselves at the mercy of a serial killing maniac. Running for their lives from a person they barely knew, or even could hope to understand. The direction was amazing, and the cinematography was very well done to immerse it's audience into the horror.
But in the case of this new movie, it seems like there's too much going on. Not only does the story involve introducing audiences to a chainsaw wielding maniac again, but it also tries to implement a subplot about conspiracy; while even making Leather Face seem like he's actually the victim in all this. Yes, they honestly do try to make the serial killer sympathetic, as he's merely defending himself, and those he cares about. Granted, it's not a bad concept if this were part of a new horror film, but not when it comes to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
As I stated in my criticism of "The Three Stooges" movie, this reboot just seems to not only miss the entire point of the original, but part of the charm that made the first movie scary was how little the audience knew about Leather Face's back story. As a wise man once said, the less you know about a person, the scarier that person becomes in the eyes of viewers. However, since we're told so much about Leather Face in this movie, most of the horror surrounding his character seems almost all but diminished.
As for the conspiracy subplot, it's a nice idea, but the sad reality is that it feels like it takes away more from the film itself than it actually adds to it. Plus, lets not forget about the subplot that's barely referenced for no other reason than to see one of the girls in their underwear; which involves the protagonist's boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. You add all these elements together, and it almost becomes too distracting to watch. It's like trying to match a paisley tie up to a stripe suit, and you say to yourself, "That tie looks too busy to go with this suit." Well, that's the same case with this movie. The subplots are nice, but when you combine them together, it just seems to make the film seem more busier than it should've been; hence making it less scary, as it almost seems like the movie didn't know what it was trying to be.
Sure, there's still plenty of shocking gore moments such as the scene where we see Leather Face cutting off a dead man's fingers, or when we see him slice people up with his chainsaw. However, when gore is the only element you have to make a film scary, then it just becomes disappointing.
As for the "3-D" cinematography, it's very impressive, and it surprisingly shows up rather well considering how dark most of the settings are in this film. However, that doesn't necessarily mean I would recommend anyone to see this in theaters.
Overall, unless you're a die hard fan of this franchise, then I'd just wait to see it whenever it comes out on DVD/Blue-Ray. As for the rating, I'd have to give this film a two out of four. It's not a bad movie per say, but it could've been a lot better. Sure the subplots were nice individually, but there was just too much going on in one film that wasn't necessary to begin with.