Posted by Rande Iaboni on January 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Oh Leatherface how I have missed you. 2006 was the last time a Texas Chainsaw Massacre film has graced our theaters so it was about time for another don’t you think? But instead of a remake or prequel, this time around we are treated to a direct sequel to the 1974 classic original. I have to admit, it was a clever idea and after seeing the trailers for ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ I was absolutely stoked. Too bad the film was complete and utter trash.
Before you jump to any conclusions here though, I have to confess I definitely did enjoy myself in the theater. Was this a good film? Hell no, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t take pleasure in what was on the screen. So before I get ahead of myself let me tell you a little bit about the plot, a young woman (Alexandra Daddario) travels to Texas with a group of friends to collect an inheritance, but little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.
The first hour of this film plays out like any typical genre slasher film – a group of generic teens (the innocent artsy heroine, the promiscuous party girl, the protective boyfriend…you know the drill) road trip to a secluded home and are picked off one by one by a psychopath. However, after the first hour is done the final act takes an unexpected plot twist that really caught me by surprise. Does the film deserve props for attempting to put a new swing on things? Sure! But at the same time the climax felt really out of place and in order to enjoy it you have to throw all logic out the window.
The inconsistencies of this film really bugged me, normally I can overlook them in horror films but not this time around. The movie appeared to take place in the early 90’s considering our heroine was an infant during the original 70’s film and none of the young victims seem to have access to cell phones for help (a payphone is even used at one point), yet later on during an idiotic scene involving the police, an officer possesses an iPhone with video-chat capabilities….
For those of you interested in the blood and guts of it all, rest assured the film is full of gruesome murders, some so brutal that it becomes almost comical. The acting was about as good as you’d expect in a slasher film, with the exception of our leading lady Heather, all of her friends are really just fodder and you’ll know exactly when they’re going to bite it. Oh and the 3D you ask? A complete waste of time and a total cash grab. Despite the occasional chainsaw or blood splatter in your face (which only happens maybe once or twice throughout the entire film) the 3D is utterly useless.
If you are a HUGE fan of the original then I expect, like myself, you will have a good time in the theater but you will overall be disappointed at the poor quality of the film. But even then you should still RENT IT as the 3D is useless. But if you happen to be just a regular moviegoer that thought this looked good, you should absolutely and positively SKIP IT.