It is definitely the time when Hollywood dumps its turkeys in hopes that a few people who are anxious to see movies, and will see just about anything, might spend a few bucks on them. While most people think that Halloween would be the time for horror films, you often find a lot of them coming out during this time of year. That is certainly the case this week when the only film coming out is a remake of a 1974 horror film that, in subsequent years, has become to be regarded as a classic in the genre.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D - Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood. When the first installment in this film series came out in 1974, it was not an instant hit. There were many who found the film, directed by Tobe Hooper, to be so offensive and disturbing that legends about the movie being banned developed. In fact, the film was relegated to the midnight showing circuit, where many now-classic cult films found a home during the 70s. The film was hyped as “based on a true story” even though the character of Leatherface and his cannibalistic family was entirely fiction (although elements of the story were borrowed from the tale of murderer Ed Gein). It is now considered a classic. The movie followed the very standard formula of a group of teenagers who set out to find a lonely cabin where they intend to spend the weekend. They soon run afoul of a family of cannibals who lure teens into their clutches to, well, eat them. The chief butcher and killer is, of course, the chainsaw-wielding psychopath Leatherface. The movie has been remade a couple of times and this is no exception. This is, technically a sequel and not a reboot, and picks up where the Hooper film left off. However, the plot is essentially the same as the 1974 film. This time it features a young girl who learns she has inherited a large estate in Texas, so she takes her friends down there, where she soon runs into the evil family who may want them for dinner, but not in a way that they would hope. Rated R.