3D technology only thing new about 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Reviewer’s Rating: ★1/2

Mary Hutton

Special to the advocate.com

This undated publicity film image from Lionsgate shows Alexandra Daddario, left, as Heather Miller in a scene from
This undated publicity film image from Lionsgate shows Alexandra Daddario, left, as Heather Miller in a scene from "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," releasing in theaters on Friday, January 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Justin Lubin)

The gruesome tale of the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” comes back to life with a twisted continuation of the original 1974 film. The original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” leaves us with an eerie scene of a girl escaping the clutches of Leatherface, the cannibalistic serial killer. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” picks the story up right where it left off and police arrive at the Sawyer house to make an arrest, but the townspeople show up and burn the house down.

Flash forward a couple decades and Heather Miller (played by Alexandra Daddario) travels with her friends to Texas to collect an inheritance. Slowly, Heather starts to uncover her past and learns how she is connected to the gruesome happenings back in 1974.

The original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and its subsequent remakes didn’t have huge plots, plot twists or surprises. They were simple: friends go on a road trip, end up somewhere creepy, and get slaughtered in various ways. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” may not be amazing for its genre, but it has a little more meat on its bones and really told the audience a story in addition to the slaughtering.

Unfortunately, it joins other pandering films that have been specifically designed to cater to 3D technology. In fact, it’s expected that the chainsaw is going to be directed at the screen most of the time. With all this new technology, producers should have thought of new and inventive ways to dispatch its victims. However, it was the same hook through the back, sledgehammer to the head, and chainsaw to the, well, everything that we’ve seen time and time again.

The acting in “Texas Chainsaw 3D” was subpar, but then again, no one really expects great acting from horror films. The biggest reaction from the audience was to the appearance of Trey Songz, who plays Heather’s boyfriend, Ryan. Of course, he is half-dressed throughout the movie, but so are most of the women.

Overall, the writers could have been more creative and could have shown the audience something they’ve never seen before. It will be enjoyable for fans of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, but no one else will truly appreciate “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”