I can count the number of movies that have been remade twice on one hand. There is a perfectly good reason why and that is because you aren’t supposed to do that. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies use to strike fear in people but thanks to the “gore enthusiast” it’s more about blood and guts and not so much about story. After waiting almost six years since the last movie, we get a new version of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and this time in 3D.
“Texas Chainsaw 3D” actually takes place after the very first film from 1974. The town’s people of Newt, Texas have just set fire to the Sawyer family house and killed everyone inside, or so they thought. Gavin Miller finds one of the Sawyer ladies with severe burns and holding a baby. He kills the mother and takes the baby and he and his wife adopt the baby.
Fast forward to an unknown time frame and the baby is now an adult and her name is Heather. Her and her friends are getting ready to go on a short vacation to Louisiana but she gets a letter in the mail from her grandmother estate that she never knew. She asks her parents about her and they tell her she was adopted and not to look into her grandmother. She leaves to go to Newt, Texas with her friends anyway to find out what her grandmother left her.
On their way down to Texas the group picks up a hitchhiker. They make their way to Newt, Texas and find out that Heather’s grandmother left her a mansion. After they get settled in, the group heads out to get food for dinner and leave the hitchhiker. The hitchhiker decides to take it upon himself to start stealing the silver in the house and take the key ring and look to see what else the house has to offer. He makes his way down to the basement and finds Jed who survived the original house fire. The rest of the movie is Jed wreaking havoc.
Some may say I ruined the movie with the last sentence but come on, it’s a horror movie. I didn’t tell you the real twist in the movie so you’re welcome. I could sit here and give you all the holes in the plot but I’ll save you the time and tell you what actually worked for the film. I liked how they used the long lost relative storyline. You get a character that was part of the Sawyer clan but knows absolutely nothing about them and brought up completely different than what she might have been brought up. Unlike you’re typical movie where something like this happens and they are given a silver spoon, Heather finds out her family was cannibals and murderers.
The rest of the movie was just blah. The 3D was horrible and so was the movie. They force a lot of the plot and side stories at you. For instance, the “affair” between Heather’s boyfriend and her best friend was put in there so that they would be away from the house when Jed makes his way out of the basement. How about the lonely hitchhiker that is left alone at a mansion and discovers Jed all by himself? Then there is the part where Jed makes his way into the towns carnival waving around his chainsaw chasing after Heather and everyone is running away. I’m probably asking for too much story out of this movie but there needed to be something else added to it.
Somehow this movie managed to knock off “Django Unchained” and even beat out “The Hobbit” for number one movie. You can read about that on MTV’s site here. The only thing I said after this movie ended was, “I’m glad I saw this movie first this year because everything else will be a step up after this”. Even with Alexandra Daddario and Tania Raymonde looking hot throughout the movie, didn’t make up for the rest of it. Check this out in 2D if possible or don’t check it out at all.