Since 1974 every decade has had it’s own Texas Chainsaw experience. Tobe Hooper’s original movie spawned three sequels. Then in the early 2000’s the series got a reboot and a prequel to that reboot. Now the series gets worked over again this time getting the 3D makeover.
It might seem like a bold statement, but Texas Chainsaw 3D is actually the most accomplished entry to either series since the original in 1974. Choosing to ignore everything that has happened since then, this 3D outing picks up initially where the first movie finished off. It re-writes history, then moves forward to the present day, where Heather (Alexandra Daddario) discovers she has inherited a sizeable estate off the grandmother she never knew she had. Having travelled to Texas, Heather soon discovers with her four companions that the estate s not quite empty, in the basement resides her cousin Jediah AKA Leatherface (Dan Yeager), and this basement dweller wants to bring the legacy of killing bang up to date.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is very much a movie of two halves, the first portion is a complete yawn session; it’s dull, lifeless, and utterly uninteresting. Worse still it’s filled with plot holes, Heather is amazingly found by her grandmother (prior to her death), but the way she is found is implausible and not explained. Secondly Heather is too young to be a bloodline relative as she should be around 40 years old. Technology specifically Apple’s Facetime which is used in the movie, clearly dates the events in the present.
Set the issues aside, and get into the second half of the movie, and what you have is a nice little revenge thriller, the contrast is alarmingly good, in that if the first half had the detail of the second, this movie would be in a far different league.
As the movie draws to a close, the emotions of the viewer will take them in a much different direction to what they may have expected. And it’s this point that creates the real power in the piece. The movie closes with the door open, and a brand new legacy to be carried out. Having scored big-time in the cinemas since its opening weekends, it seems that the audience has not tired of a transvestite, face wearing, chainsaw wielding killer, and the producers have already announced that a new chapter is already in the works. Shocked as I am to write this, I’m kind of intrigued to see where the story takes us in the sequel.
In summing up, despite some monumental mess up’s, Texas Chainsaw 3D does work.
Texas Chainsaw 3D is in UK cinemas now.