Movie review: Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)


A new film on slasher? Ohh, I’m not going to miss it as I’m particularly interested in this particular genre. Slasher films had been widely popular beginning 1980s but nowadays had settled down with lesser and lesser productions. ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ is the seventh film in the popular slasher franchise called as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This latest film released early this year centers on a young woman whom travels to Texas to collect an inheritance while accompanied by her friends, not knowing that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding brutal killer is part of the reward.

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A slasher film delivers by having a number of jump-scare or climax-reaching moments and also several brutal and gory murders. ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ did achieve that quite successfully, thanks to the re-appearance of Leatherface, the chainsaw-wielding killer back on screen, murdering in the ugliest way possible. He is one of the horror icons in Hollywood film history. I’m generally pleased with the amount of so-called bloody and disgusting scenes in this movie on which horror movie fans are usually looking forward to. And on the other hand, I’m a bit surprised this time that no nudity is shown. Things are a bit out of the box this time in this film, but still this kind of film never gets off from the typical killing of the main character’s friends first. Then, the main character would survive or gets knocked down at the very last minute of the film as s surprise. Hmm…watch this to see it yourself. By the way, there is a post-credit scene too. Luckily, I didn’t miss that.

The story revolves in this film isn’t thin or shallow as usual in many previous slasher films that are always criticized. Instead, there is an emphasis and proper development on the main character, and how she, the young woman found out the link between her background or past to the mysterious man living within a castle inherited to her from her unknown grandmother. But still the movie never gets off its attention on the killing after all. So, things are carried out in balance throughout the movie. The explanation of the story goes very well with the killing with no draggy or boring parts in the middle.

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There is even some twists at the second half of the story that turns the movie much more interesting. But things appear to have come and go very fast. I wouldn’t mind if extra few minutes are added. In the end, the main character turned out to be supporting Leatherface and even lives with him. Wow..more details not to be revealed here to prevent any more spoilers. Hmm..expect some shocking scenes aided very well by 3D treatment and literally quite a lot of visuals of disgusting body parts shown. The movie is generally well eventhough it’s not the best so far I have seen. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ a total of 6.6. A good try to revive the franchise.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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