A California couple and a survivalist encounter the cannibal family.
I do apologise for this post being later than expected, we’ve had some technical difficulties with the website and it’s server but everything seems to be okay now so let’s get back on with the show. Today’s post continues the terror of the Chainsaw Massacre, were upto number 3 and this is where things start to change.
Here we have another sequel to the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise that most people do not like, I myself am 50/50 with the film. I do enjoy it and the casting is great but every-time I watch it I just feel like they could have done better. I don’t know how but I’m not the film-maker, I’m just the viewer but I’ve also had other fans agree with me and have heard many ways of how it should have been done.
Like I said though, a-lot of fans see this as an un-welcome addition, they all have different reasons but I think it was brave of the studio to try and continue the franchise and do battle with the many Horror franchises out at the time. The casting is one of the best of the entire franchise, we have the legendary Ken Foree, B-Movie ace William Butler and also Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen. None of the cast from either of it’s predecessors returned for this film but changes are needed sometimes to move forward and that’s what this film was, a step forward for a new franchise.
This film is easily the most gruesome of the entire franchise, whilst the films plot isn’t exactly new or fresh (What slasher sequels are?) it does still ramp up the cringe inducing scenes and still has the terror to keep it exciting. Unfortunately there are problems with this instalment, such as Leatherface’s “new” family. Who are these people and where did they come from? Also why did they completely ignore the events of Part 2 and just skip ahead to this? That is one thing that annoys me, when studios treat Horror fans like brainless idiots.
One thing I’d like to share is the trailer. For those who have seen it will probably know why. You ever see something that looks SOOOO bad that it goes round to being So bad it’s great?! Well that is what the trailer for this film is like, I love the cheesiness of it and you can’t tell me that after seeing it you wouldn’t want to watch it. It’s the best trailer from any 90′s Horror film in my opinion. Cheesiness? CHECK! Old man narrator? CHECK! Doesn’t give too much away? CHECK! Leaves you curious? CHECK! See for yourself:
Yes it has it’s problems but it’s pure entertainment to watch, aslong as you can get past the obvious questions that I stated. For a third instalment you can’t complain and it’s always fun to watch Ken Foree in anything.
Miscellaneous facts about the film:
The original script was much more brutal with explicit gore sequences. The producers objected to many of the scenes (one of which had a nude man being split down the middle while hung upside down) and demanded extensive changes to the script to reduce gore and violence. Further cuts had to be made to avoid an X-rating after the film was finished.
The only Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie not filmed in Texas.
Tobe Hooper, director of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, was originally going to be involved in the film. He had submitted a treatment to New Line execs, but bowed out of the project due to scheduling conflicts concerning his film Spontaneous Combustion.
The chainsaw in the film was designed by Robert Shaye, CEO of New Line Cinema.
The chainsaw in the movie weighed apporiximately 80 pounds.
There was also supposed to be a brutal “unmasking” scene, which would reveal Leatherface as horribly disfigured. That scene was scrapped (despite an obvious buildup during the opening credits) and saved because New Line wanted to use it in the next sequel, which never materialised. It was eventually used in the remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Kane Hodder, who played Jason in four “Friday the 13th” films, was the stunt coordinator for this one.
Among others, one of New Line’s first choices for director was Peter Jackson.
The ranch where most of the filming was done is so close to Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, that director ‘Jeff Burr’ swears you can hear screams from the Roller Coaster during some takes.
Viggo Mortensen was not the studio’s first choice top play Tex. He didn’t do well in the audition, and New Line hired another actor who was later fired, and the role of Tex went to Mortensen.
Tom Savini was offered the job of directing this film.
When Tex points out that the road map was printed in 1973, this is a reference to the first film, which was filmed in and is based on events that supposedly took place in summer 1973.
The armadillo hit by Michelle and the coyote thrown on the Mercedes both have earrings, the same as worn by Tinker.