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Texas Chainsaw 3D

By MICHAEL NORDINE
There isn't that much chainsaw action in Texas Chainsaw 3D. In most other regards, though, it functions exactly as you'd expect. As with most latter-day slashers, John Luessenhop's iteration of the genre-defining series is more gory than scary. After an initially confusing montage made up of footage from Tobe Hooper's 1974 original that establishes this as a direct sequel, the film eases into a stage-setting first act that creates a passably tense atmosphere. Like many horror movies, though, Texas Chainsaw 3D is better at ominously hinting at events to come than actually delivering them—and besides, watching a man-child with a chainsaw both outrun and outwit a group of able-bodied teens is only believable (or frightening) up to a point. Danger comes from both the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface and the badge-wearing cops, an angle that gradually (and effectively) reverses our sympathy. This is an artless exercise, yes, but it's also sporadically successful in its attempts to expand on the Leatherface mythos in a newish way. Surprisingly, the film ends up more enjoyable for its thicker-than-water subtext than for its requisite chainsaw violence, and Texas Chainsaw 3D is the rare superfluous sequel whose filmmaker actually seems familiar with (and invested in) the original material enough to put a worthwhile spin on it. It no doubt benefits from low expectations, but it turns out that this is the best bad slasher in quite a while.
 
  • Genres: Horror
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language Throughout, Strong Grisly Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Alexandra Daddario [Heather Miller], Dan Yeager [Leatherface], Bill Moseley [Drayton Sawyer], Marilyn Burns [Verna Carson], John Dugan [Grandfather], Tania Raymonde [Nikki], Trey Songz [Ryan], Shaun Sipos [Darryl], Thom Barry [Sheriff Hooper], Paul Rae [Mayor Hartman], Scott Eastwood [Deputy Carl Hartman], Richard Riehle [Farnsworth], Keram Malicki-Sanchez [Kenny], James MacDonald [Officer Marvin]
  • Directed by: John Luessenhop [Director], Adam Marcus [Screenwriter], Debra Sullivan [Screenwriter], Kirsten Elms [Screenwriter], Carl Mazzocone [Producer], Robert Kuhn [Executive Producer], Kim Henkel [Executive Producer], René Besson [Executive Producer], Christa Campbell [Executive Producer], Lati Grobman [Executive Producer], Danny Dimbort [Executive Producer], John Thompson [Executive Producer], Trevor Short [Executive Producer], Tobe Hooper [Executive Producer], Michael Paseornek [Executive Producer], Jason Constantine [Executive Producer], Eda Kowan [Executive Producer], Avi Lerner [Executive Producer], Mark Burg [Executive Producer], Anastas Michos [Cinematographer], William Elliott [Production Design], Randy Bricker [Film Editor], Mary McLeod [Costume Designer], John Frizzell [Original Music], Ferne Cassel [Casting]
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