Hey, guess what? They’re making another attempt at revitalizing a classic horror franchise! Yay!! Slight sarcasm there, but somewhat well deserved. News broke earlier in the year that Lionsgate would be relaunching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2013, but this time it would be in 3D! Ooooooh! Now before I get into the storyline for the new revamp, let me vent about 3D. Unless it’s going to be the fun, midnight movie variety a la Friday The 13th Part 3, where popcorn and yo-yos are flying at the screen, count me out. I just don’t want to see my horror movies in 3D, unless the intentional cheese factor is there. Who wouldn’t want to see an eyeball literally come springing out at the screen after all?
So the set up for the new Leatherface romp is this: Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the story of the homicidal Sawyer family and picks up where the Tobe Hooper 1974 classic left off. After Sally (Marilyn Burns) escapes, word around town spreads about the evil that’s going on at the Sawyer farmhouse and they proceed to burn it to the ground, killing every last member of the family – or so they thought. Flash forward decades later and we meet a young woman named Heather who learns she’s inherited a Texas estate (lavish mansion) from her grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with her friends to check it out, she stumbles upon a horror that awaits in the mansion’s dank cellars…..
I will say that the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre still rattles the old nerves every time I watch it. But some of the sequels, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, rattle the old funny bone and I can’t get enough of Matthew McConaughey’s bat shit, over the top performance. Continue reading