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TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D begins with a mob of vigilantes killing a Texas family. The family is trying to protect their mentally handicapped relative responsible for some gruesome chainsaw murders. Two decades later, Heather, a beautiful young woman, learns she’s been adopted. Her maternal biological grandmother has left her a fancy estate in the same Texas town where the killings occurred. Heather and three friends drive to the estate to check it out. Little do they know that the grandmother was hiding the chainsaw killer in her large locked basement. The killer happens to be Heather’s cousin.
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D tries to be a little different by developing a family connection between the iconic chainsaw killer and one of his potential victims. Otherwise, however, the plot, characters, and acting are nothing really special. Except for a flying chainsaw, the 3D effects are underwhelming. TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D turns the murderous villain into a sympathetic figure because the man is mentally handicapped. As a result, the “heroine” becomes part of a bloody, ultraviolent revenge tale. TEXAS CHAINSAW also contains abundant foul language, strong lewd content, and some anti-religious content.
(RoRoRo, AbAb, FRFR, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Very strong Romantic worldview turning an iconic villain into a sympathetic figure who’s just “misunderstood” and not treated right, plus strong anti-biblical, anti-God false religion when man uses the biblical concept of an eye for an eye to excuse vigilante justice and sheriff quotes it back to man when he gets his comeuppance and song repeatedly says God will “f” you up if you do wrong or sin; 82 obscenities (including many “f” words), four strong profanities, and seven light profanities; extreme violence with much blood includes placing people on hooks, people struck with chainsaws and hatchets and knives, man on hook cut in half by chainsaw, man’s hands cut off, man shoved into rolling machine with sharp blades and cut to pieces, van crashes and rolls over after chainsaw slices tire, bloody smears on floors as corpses with bloody wounds are dragged across them, Molotov cocktails set fire to house and people catch on fire, burned corpses shown after house destroyed by fire, man holds up bloody arm stump for trophy photos, man cuts off fingers of hand unattached to body, bloody fingers shown several times in bowl, man who worked in a slaughterhouse cuts off corpse’s legs with chainsaw, wounded woman pops out of closed freezer and policeman accidentally shoots her dead, 3D effects of chainsaw coming out toward audience, etc.; depicted sex scene as man kisses top of woman’s breasts in bed before they’re interrupted, implied fornication in barn, woman strips down to her underwear to seduce her friend’s boyfriend and he apparently succumbs; rear female nudity in one shot, partial upper female nudity when woman has her shirt unbuttoned and she’s wearing no bra, women in underwear, female cleavage, sensual female midriffs, and upper male nudity; some alcohol use; smoking and woman does smoke marijuana in one scene; and, very strong miscellaneous immorality includes revenge plot, people are loyal to their families to the point of murder and protecting murderers, and hitchhiker starts stealing things from fancy house when he’s left there alone.
The TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE franchise gets the 3D treatment in this new movie. The 3D is mostly underwhelming, but the plot is a little different from the usual. Even so, the story turns the iconic chainsaw murderer into a sympathetic figure, which is evil and abhorrent. The older horror movies from the 30s and 40s arguably could get away with such plot twists, but this one doesn’t.
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D is a sequel to the original 1974 movie. It uses clips from the 1974 movie to set the stage. It then shows a mob of local people storming the Sawyer house where the murders took place. Despite the efforts of the black sheriff, the mob starts a shootout with the Sawyer clan, while the clan tries to protect Jed, the mentally handicapped chainsaw murderer. Then, the mob sets fire to the house, trying to kill everyone inside.
One of the women inside escapes the burning house. Carrying her newborn baby girl, she secretly hides in the barn with the baby. A man in the back of the mob sees this, however. He goes into the barn, takes the baby, and leaves the woman to die. The man and his wife raise the baby as their own child. They call her Heather.
Decades later, Heather inherits a Texas estate from her biological grandmother, on her mother’s side. Heather, her boyfriend, and two friends drive to Texas to see the estate. Along the way, they pick up a hitchhiker in the rain. Little do they know that Heather’s grandmother has been hiding Jed the chainsaw killer in her basement all this time.
Of course, Jed breaks out his chainsaw and begins a new killing spree on Heather’s friends. Chop goes the chainsaw. Heather survives, only to run into the town mayor, who happens to be the leader of the mob that killed her father’s family and her mother. The mayor decides he needs to kill both Heather and Jed. So, Heather has to team up with Jed to survive.
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D tries to be a little different by developing a family connection between the iconic chainsaw killer and one of his potential victims. Otherwise, however, the plot and characters are nothing really special. They seem underwritten and often over-the-top. Also, the acting is only so-so. Subtlety is not a problem here. And, except for a flying chainsaw, the 3D effects seem underused and underwhelming.
Content wise, the movie turns a murderous villain into a sympathetic figure because the man is mentally handicapped. As a result, the “heroine” in the story becomes part of a bloody revenge tale. This development creates an unresolved moral confusion in the movie: Who is the hero and who is the villain? It also seems to make the movie’s brutal violence even more disturbing and abhorrent, if that’s possible. TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D also contains abundant foul language, strong lewd content, and some anti-religious content. All of this seems to fit Movieguide®’s description of a very strong Romantic, Non-Christian worldview. Please consult the CONTENT section above for more details if you really want them or need them.