Let's take a moment and reflect on this post for a second: it's the first movie review of the year! I can't believe that it's 2013 already. The last few weeks of December and the beginning weeks of January tend to focus on films that try to get in last minute "buzz" for the awards' season. This film obviously isn't in consideration (the movie title says it all); however, it did score the first #1 box office weekend of 2013. The film that I will be reviewing today is the 3D sequel to another horror franchise: Texas Chainsaw 3D.
The Premise: Fast-forward to the end of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (not the remake with Jessica Biel), Leatherface's family has been murdered by a few rogue townsfolk and police who seek revenge against the Sawyer family. After the ensuing carnage subsides, an enraged man kills one of the Sawyer women and plans to raise her baby daughter as his own. More than twenty years later, Heather (played by Alexandra Daddario) receives a letter explaining that her "biological" grandmother has died and has left her a wealthy inheritance. Heather discovers that she is adopted and with an impromptu roadtrip with her friends, she hopes to uncover the truth about her real family. However, when they arrive at the Sawyer family home, it seems that Heather's cousin, Leatherface, is alive and ready to find more victims.
The Results: 1/5!
Texas Chainsaw 3D is a horror popcorn-flick with 3D special effects. Did I just blow your mind? Going into the movie and expecting anything otherwise, especially when wanting something different with a scary movie, is a tad strange and a bit foolish. This is a gory slasher to watch with friends or if you're a fan of the Texas Chainsaw movies in general. The overall acting was so-so and Trey Songz did alright for his first acting role. Leatherface as a serial killer figure scares me regardless so I was generally scared. Will there be another sequel? I wouldn't be surprised. Will I actually watch it? That's a question to ask another day.