There have been sequels, prequels and even a re-boot to the Texas Chainsaw series. Texas Chainsaw 3D is the latest attempt to re-energize the creaky 40-year old franchise. Picking up moments after the 1974 original ended we find the police and townsfolk (i.e. hillbillies) of Newt,
stampeding the Leatherface compound, murdering the cannibal clan and burning
the homestead to the ground. Sifting through
the ruins one of the hillbillies stumbles across a mother and her baby still
very much alive. In a split-second
decision he kicks the mother to death and quietly takes the baby girl to his
Years later the little girl, Heather, now a grocery store butcher (of course!) receives a letter in the mail indicating that a grandmother she never knew existed died leaving her a hefty inheritance. Recruiting her boyfriend and a few friends Heather makes the trek to her family estate which turns out to be a mansion. While exploring the vast dwelling a secret basement is discovered and an old evil is resurrected.
For any aging horror franchise it becomes increasingly difficult to craft anything new or interesting that the audience has not seen countless times before. While adding little to cannon, Texas Chainsaw 3D does have a few standout sequences including one with Leatherface chasing Heather through a local carnival. Although there are numerous deaths, the film is not nearly as gory as its predecessors. The opening was my favorite part of the film. If you have ever wondered what happened next as Leatherface stood in the street waving his chainsaw Texas Chainsaw 3D offers a very satisfying answer.