Time to say “hello” to Leatherface again. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” is the seventh film in the series. The producers say it’s a sequel to the original 1974 film. So, don’t let those other five Chainsaw movies cloud your memory. Ha!
“Texas Chainsaw 3D” opens at the Sawyer family home, just outside Newt, Texas. It seems the entire town has turned out to kill the Sawyer clan for its role in protecting “Jed” Sawyer, known to us as “Leatherface.” Just about everybody dies from a massive fire that burns down the house. The only apparent survivor is an infant, Edith Sawyer. She’s spirited away by Gavin and Arlene Miller, part of that angry mob. The child is raised as Heather Miller, but when her real grandmother dies, Heather finds out for the first time that she was adopted.
So, it’s off to Texas to claim her inheritance and, of course, she takes some of her attractive friends with her. You can probably guess that Leatherface did NOT die in the house fire, and unfortunately Heather, her friends and the not-so-good people of Newt have a bloody horrible time.
“Texas Chainsaw 3D” is not a very original slasher film. It mostly serves fans of the horror genre with its stereotypical characters and gore. Nothing special really, except some enhanced scares thanks to the 3D process. The chainsaw protruding from the movie screen is a nice touch, but expected.
The story tellers are trying to make Leatherface into an anti-hero, but that’s been done before in slasher films many times. Remember, it’s usually the sinners who get hacked to death, not the saints. Those sinners deserved what they got, right? We’ve secretly cheered the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees and old Leatherface, right? Or, maybe not.
Just remember you can’t choose your family. Jed, go easy on your cousin, Heather, yah hear? Grade: C (By the way, stay for the final credits. A mildly amusing scene follows.)