Texas Chainsaw 3D
In news that comes as neither surprising nor exciting (it was hinted at a few days ago), it has been officially announced that a sequel to the successful-enough 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' has been greenlit and shooting will commence later this year. But that's not the most interesting part.
The title of the film will be 'Texas Chainsaw 4, and you're correct in thinking that title makes little sense at all.
'Texas Chainsaw 3D,' the latest edition to Tobe Hooper's 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' franchise, hit theaters recently and emerged as the top box office earner this past weekend. While some critics thought this new chapter would bomb, thereby bringing an end to the classic collection of horror movies, we thought it made for a good edition. And so apparently did the studio, as word has leaked out that a sequel will be coming our way.
Here's the thing about January: it's usually a wasteland. With the studios concentrating on their Oscar campaigns and the profitable summer months still half a year away, this month is where all of the crap usually gets dumped. However, this is also one of the few months where crap has a chance of performing well, hence the success of last year's 'The Devil Inside' and now 'Texas Chainsaw 3D,' which took the weekend with a strong $23 million opening.
It's not easy to find an actor to play Leatherface. For one, he was very memorably played by Gunnar Hansen in the 1974 original, 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.' For another, the actor needs to look the part. So how do you go about finding someone who's big, imposing and can act their way through a leather mask? Sometimes you just need to look right outside your house. And that's exactly how 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' found Dan Yeager, their new Leatherface.
Forget all the other 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' sequels and reboots you may have seen. 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' ignores all of those and considers itself a direct sequel to the 1974 classic. The film stars Alexandra Daddario in a role that isn't just teenage scream queen. We talk to the actress (who you might recognize from TV's 'Parenthood') about the challenges of running and crying and screaming all day as well as her choice to study the Michael Bay remake.
It is every 16 year-old's rite of passage to sneak into an R-rated slasher, get grossed out by blood, turned on by boobs and shout back at the screen. To that end, 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' is a worthy claimant to the franchise.
We're still a little confused about which film 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' is a sequel to. The first film spawned three sequels, with only one helmed by the original's Toby Hooper. Then there was the Michael Bay-produced remake, and it's prequel. But this seems drawn more from the original films than the reboots, even though it's sort of labeled a third film. At the end of the day they're all basically remakes of the first film anyway. Now there's a new trailer and TV spot for the film.
'Texas Chainsaw 3D' has released its first clip and it's pretty much what you would imagine from a 'Texas Chainsaw' movie sequel. Two young, attractive 20-somethings are just trying to have sex when they're rudely interrupted by a maniac with a chainsaw who wants to kill them. This is the recipe for just about every horror movie...but does 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' look any good?