Texas Chainsaw (3D)

6 Jan

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Synopsis: “A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.” (Rated R; 1 hour 32 minutes)

I have a confession to make: I’ve never seen the original classic horror movie from the 70’s, it’s one of a few big ones from that genre that I’ve missed (others include Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen). It’s surprising since I’ve seen so many ripoffs (The Hills Have Eyes etc) so how was this “sequel”?
Actually, in spite of ridiculous plot points and predictable moments, it was surprisingly decent. (Assuming you like horror movies of course, if you don’t, then it could be the greatest thing ever made and you’d hate every minute of it!) The movie starts in a very cool way, showing pieces of the original disturbing footage of what clearly was a very effectively sinister movie. In spite of it being filmed and taking place back in the 70’s, it continues immediately where the original left off, in a very effective way, first in the 70’s and then jumping to present day.

The acting was slightly better than your usual terrible horror movie acting. The sheriff was actually portrayed in a way that you’d think you were watching a good drama instead of a dumb horror flick (not campy, and quite subtle), and the gore was pretty damn R-rated, let’s put it that way. Don’t see this movie if you can’t handle pretty gruesome violence.

I won’t give away the direction the movie takes you, because it would be a bit of a spoiler, but it was both ridiculous and unbelievable, but at the same time kind of interesting and different from most horror flicks, and I appreciate any time a movie decides to do something surprising.

Like I said, plenty of flaws in the plot and it wasn’t anything too memorable, but it was a pretty good, totally humorless horror movie that made me want to go and finally watch the original, and stay far away from chainsaws.

The movie was better than The Hills Have Eyes but worse than 2010’s best horror movie, Insidious.

Quality Rating: C+

Boaz Rating: B

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3 Responses to “Texas Chainsaw (3D)”

  1. zralston January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    You should definitely check out the original 1974 film. It’s incredible and terrifying, with one of the best final shots I can remember in horror cinema.

    BTW, Insidious came out April 2011. Maybe you’re thinking of Sinister? In any case, wasn’t last year’s best horror movie The Cabin in the Woods?

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    • boazconstrictor January 7, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      You’re right on every account, well almost…Yes Insidious was a year prior, so I was wrong there, and yes Sinister would have been a better example! But no, although Cabin in the Woods was one of my favorites of 2012, I consider it a comedy. 🙂

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