Needless to say, I was not impressed by much of the 2013 John Luessenhop (Takers, Lockdown) directed rendition and new tale of "Leatherface." This one, entitled "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and released on January 4, 2013, was borderline hogwash and a major disappointment to the franchise.
After a clever and catchy introduction to "Texas Chainsaw 3D," using footage from the classic original, the new film falls off at a fairly rapid pace. Starting from the exterior of the house that was supposed to be from the 70's leading up to the ridiculous and statistically incorrect age that the leading character, Heather (Alexandra Daddario) was portrayed as. From 1974 until 2012 would make Heather at least 38 years old. Why in the hell does she look to be in her early college days? At the oldest 23?
Not to focus on being tedious, however when a film such as "Texas Chainsaw 3D" has one right after the other of these fuck ups, I will be sure to point out the first few and warn of many more. For instance, the random act of hitting a stranger with a van at a gas station, then offering him a ride and later leaving him alone in a house within a half hour of it JUST being inherited.
The list will go on for longer than the film lasts, which at 92 minutes can be trimmed down to 5-10 minutes of worthwhile movie viewing. Also, the casting team should be dismembered and find other careers, right along with whoever chose the most current music for the film and also Luessenhop as well.
The kills were mediocre and I would estimate half were not even with a chainsaw. There was only once scene where I feel as if viewers might jump or jolt and I see no reason whatsoever why "3D" is in the title, the preview for the new G.I. Joe movie made more use of the 3D technology than "Texas Chainsaw 3D" did in it's entirety.
The non-usage of dark filters was the biggest downfall for "Texas Chainsaw 3D." The scenes were too bright and vibrant, a total transition from the most recent releases prior to this film-fiasco. However I don't know if that alone would have made a big enough difference to save this movie from it's fate, which brings me to my advice; if you are a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, give it a watch, but don't expect to like it. If you are a horror fan, I will also say, give it a chance, but also don't expect greatness. Although I would never recommend watching it a second time.