Marking the seventh film in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Texas Chainsaw 3D is looking to rev up audiences and bring back good ol’ Leatherface to the forefront of American horror. Starting right where we left him in 1974, Leatherface returns in the modern age in a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s original, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. See the trailer along with some posters and screenshots after the jump.
Typically, I’ve always seen 3D as a way to add an extra sense of camp in whichever horror movie it inhabits. Whether it be Piranha, Saw, Silent Hill: Revelations or the Resident Evil franchise, to whenever 3D is utilized it reduces horror to a silly gimmick.
The remake of My Bloody Valentine did an all right job incorporating 3D while trying to create a serious horror flick, but it still wound up feeling quite campy. Texas Chainsaw lookslike it will try to accomplish where MBV left off, hoping to ascend the genre and create a terrifying horror film while using 3D. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself:
There were only a few instances in the trailer that appeared like it would throw things in viewer’s faces. most of Texas Chainsaw 3D seems by the book with over-sexualized teens, brutal violence, limited plot, and of course the token black guy (Trey Songz) – do you think Leatherface likes dark meat?
For horror fans not impressed by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes remakes (Friday the 13th; A Nightmare on Elm Street; The Amityville Horror; The Hitcher; and of course TCM with Jessica Biel), you’ll be happy to know this film was produced by Lionsgate. Originally slated for an October 2012 release, there has been some delays, but it will see the light of day come this January 2013.
Fact, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is my favorite horror franchise of all time. Tobe Hooper’s original, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, will always hold a special place in my heart. While all of the sequels are big stinkers (especially Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation starring pretty boy Matthew McConaughey and puckered face Renee Zellweger), I am a supporter of the remakes to a certain extent.
Based on the trailer and multiple posters, Leatherface will be donning use of multiple masks. The screenshot above does make him look rather clownish though, which may work against him. But at least he’s keeping it classy with a tie. Here is the official synopsis via Apple Trailers:
Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…
Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers; Lockdown), Texas Chainsaw 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; and TV’s White Collar; Parenthood) as Heather, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde (ABC Family’s Switched at Birth), Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and The Devil’s Rejects), and Dan Yeager as Leatherface. (Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge to full hi-res images.)
Texas Chainsaw 3D is scheduled to tear into theaters January 4, 2013.
Posters courtesy of IMP Awards