Today's Hot Horror Trailer: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Posted 09.17.12 by Ryan
A movie that proves that there is nothing worse than getting together with family.
There have been several attempts at revitalizing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, and the latest, simply titled Texas Chainsaw 3D (formerly The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D), has its first trailer online. A sequel as well as a reboot of the franchise, the action starts after the events of director Tobe Hooper's 1974 original, thereby ignoring all other installments. The movie follows unwitting victim (aren't they all?) Heather (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief's Alexandra Daddario), who travels out to Texas to claim an inheritance from a grandmother she never met, only to learn that everybody's proverbial "weird" relatives are, in fact, horribly and dangerously weird. As it turns out, her cousin is Leatherface (Dan Yeagar), and, from the trailer, it doesn't look like he's interested in getting to know the family.
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Quick Review: From the trailer, it appears director John Luessenhop (Takers) has nailed the visual sense of the franchise with its dark and humid look, and setting what could be the closing action at night is a fine tip of the hat to the original. However, while Texas Chainsaw 3D can't be worse than 1995's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, the introduction of "young people in a house terrorized by Leatherface" isn't a far cry from the franchise's other reboot attempts — 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and 2006's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Then again, a well-made Texas Chainsaw movie hasn't been made since Hooper returned to the franchise with 1986's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, so fans may be happy with at least signs of having a quality, albeit familiar, sequel.
For more information, here's the official synopsis for Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Lionsgate's Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family — or so they thought.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars...
Texas Chainsaw 3D co-stars Tania Raymonde (Lost), Keram Malicki-Sanchez (John Q), Shaun Sipos (Final Destination 2), Scott Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers) and R&B singer Trey Songz as well as several familiar faces from the franchise. Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original Massacre, makes a small cameo, and Marilyn Burns, who played the lead role in the original, also makes an appearance. John Dugan, who played Grandfather Sawyer in the original, will be reprising his role for the first time, while Bill Moseley, who played Choptop in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, will play Drayton Sawyer, a role originally portrayed by the late Jim Siedow.
Photo courtesy Lionsgate Studios
Next Showing: Texas Chainsaw 3D
opens January 4, 2013