Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 7/10

Some great deaths, interesting attempt at a sequel

Story takes a stupid twist

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Texas Chainsaw 3D

Studio:  Twisted Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  January 4, 2013

MPAA Rating:  R


“Burning down the house!!!”

A girl survives her scary encounter with the Sawyer family on August 19, 1973.  When the town locals learn of the attack, they disobey police orders and burn the home down…killing the family.  One of the men responsible Gavin Miller (David Born) finds a child among the destruction and raises the girl as his own.  Years later, Heather Miller (Alexandra Daddario ) has just learned that she was adopted and that her natural grandmother (Marilyn Burns) has just died…leaving Heather her country mansion.  Heather and her friends Ryan (Tremaine Neverson), Nikki (Tania Raymonds), and Kenny (Keram Malicki-Sanchez) plus a hitchhiker named Darryl (Shaun Sipos) are about to discover that Heather  inherited more than just a house…and that her cousin Jedidiah “Jed” Sawyer aka Leatherface (Dan Yeager) isn’t happy to have his home invaded.


Can’t a girl even hide in a coffin without being attacked by a chainsaw?

Directed by John Luessenhop, Texas Chainsaw 3D (just called Texas Chainsaw on DVD and Blu-Ray) was a direct sequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre from 1974.  Technically the seventh movie in the franchise (following The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:  The Beginning in 2006, the movie is somewhat of a relaunch becoming a big box office draw but received highly negative reviews.

I did find it quite interesting that the movie decided to be a true sequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.  The original movie had a sequel in 1986 (which spawned more sequels), and the series was also relaunched in 2003 (with another sequel).  This was one of the more promising sequels with the ties to the original.  It also shows how lazy Hollywood has become.


Just a quick facelift

The movie’s story has quite a generic basis however.  Teens go to a remote house and get attacked.  The interesting thing is that this is only the first half of the movie.  I will say that this is a bit refreshing to have a change up and faster pacing, but the second half of the story is quite stupid.  *****Spoiler Alter***** Having learned that the townspeople (including her parents) killed her horrible family, she has to team up with Leatherface to survive…and decides to “keep” him (and the sheriff is fine with a killer being loose).


Hey cuz…how’s it going?

The movie is pretty gory.  The 3D lends itself to things flying off the screen toward you.  The horror is high and there are some jumps.  The movie had to be reedited to avoid the NC-17 rating and unrated versions are available.

Texas Chainsaw is a so-so horror film.  The movie isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen, but pretty standard in the world of horror.  The movie was originally planned to be part of a trilogy of “Chainsaw” movies and with a big success at the theater, I’m sure sequels will follow.

Related Links:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)

Leatherface:  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre:  The Next Generation (1994)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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