This week in Austell there is one main film release, which is "Texas Chainsaw 3D." These films are currently at Carmike Cinemas Movies 14 and/or Regal Cinemas Stadium 22 in Austell, in addition to various theaters in the Atlanta. Is the film worth seeing this weekend? Lets find out!
"Texas Chainsaw 3D"
In all honesty, I had no idea this sequel had even been made until a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" at Regal Perimeter Point Stadium 10 in Atlanta. Upon seeing the poster, my friend began to complain that yet another Texas Chainsaw film had been made. My biggest concern was that this was another remake. After all, we are only ten years removed from the initial remake of the 1974 classic.
When arriving home that evening, I discovered this was not in fact a remake, but indeed another installment. In short, the film is about a young woman, Heather Miller (Alexandra Daddario), inheriting a house from her grandmother. While knowing virtually nothing about the woman until the inheritance, she decides to travel to Texas and venture into the home with her group of friends. Little does she know a chainsaw-wielding killer, Leatherface, comes with the house. I guess grandma forgot to put that in the will.
All jokes aside, with the lack of horror films in theaters currently, most horror fans might give this film a chance. Keep in mind, the film is not considered fresh by Rotten Tomatoes terms, garnering a 41% fresh rating among critics.
Despite the overall consensus, some critics are still singing praises for the latest Chainsaw venture. Joe Leydon of Variety writes that the film is "a better-than-average horror-thriller that relies more on potent suspense than graphic savagery or stereoscopic tricks."
However, the majority of reviews read much like Frank Scheck's of THR. He reports that the film is an "in-your-face 3D and a half-hearted attempt at psychological complexity add little to this umpteenth Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie."
Eric Goldman of IGN Movies also notes, "A few fun 3D-aided jump-scares asides, Texas Chainsaw 3D is a generic and laughable attempt to follow the original."
Ultimately, and without seeing the feature, something tells me, Dustin Putman puts it best when suggesting the film "will no doubt divide audiences, even within die-hard fan circles." while reminding us that "it is almost always preferable to take chances than to repeat old tropes with no concern for putting a spin on things."
Hopefully fans who do attend a screening of "Texas Chainsaw 3D" will feel the film brings something new to the franchise. Whether this is going to be a reboot to make the franchise take off is yet to be determined. My gut feeling is that instead of propelling Leatherface into pop culture again, the film may make all horror fans yearn for the day when the franchise was still considered fresh.
Showtimes for "Texas Chainsaw 3D" in and near Austell.
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