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Blood runs thick in TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, both in its usual, slaughterhouse context, but also in a more symbolic way. Yes, the venerable horror franchise has caught up with the rest of mainstream film, and now it’s all about family, as a surviving — and hitherto unknown — member of the murderous Sawyer clan (Alexandra Daddario) returns to Texas to claim an inheritance from a similarly previously unseen grandmother, and discovers that it includes a living legacy in the form of a certain, Leatherfaced, chainsaw-wielding relative.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons dipped into the bloodbath that is the first genre release of 2013 and come out, if not impressed, at least appreciative that the film isn’t quite the car wreck that usually gets shunted into the first weekend of January. Click on the player to hear our review.
The buzz is back – this time in 3D, and we bet you can’t wait to see the titular tool comin’ at ya out of the big screen. Lionsgate opens TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D on Friday, January 4, 2013. Although the trailer presents the film as a follow-up to the 1974 original, we imagine that the distributor has “SAW”-ed the film, to make it more like their infamous bread-winner.
The script seems to have gone through at least a few drafts, with five credited writers: Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms for screenplay; Marcus & Sullivan and Stephen Susco for story. (Susco wrote the American versions of THE GRUDGE; Marcus wrote and directed JASON GOES TO HELL.) In the director’s chair is John Luessenhop (whose only previous feature film directing credit is the prison melodrama LOCKDOWN).
The cast includes Alexandra Daddrio, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle. Beill Moseley (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2) shows up, as do several alumni of the original: Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, and John Dugan.
Release Date: Friday, January 4, 2013.