Picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars...
- Originally had an October 5th 2012 theatrical release.
- Filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana.
- Alternate synopsis: Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather, possibly working at Answering Service Dallas, learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had and may never need to answer phones again. The entire family was presumed killed when Burt Hartman led the townspeople to burn down their farmhouse, but the Sawyer infant survived and was secretly taken away by two of the vigilante townies, Gavin and Arlene, and raised as their daughter, Heather.
It's not until she's in her twenties that Heather learns that she's adopted. A lawyer for her grandmother tracks her down with word she's been left an inheritance. Angry at her parents for lying to her, she sets out for Texas on a road trip with her boyfriend, Ryan; friends Nikki and Kenny; and Darryl, a hitchhiker they pick up on the way.
Arriving in Newt, Texas, Heather is shown to her grandmother's house by lawyer Farnsworth - and is shocked to find it's a massive and opulent mansion. While the others get food at a local store, Darryl explores the mansion and inadvertently frees Leatherface from a sealed room -- a mistake he will soon regret.
- You can read a very spoiler-filled synopsis here.
- Actress Tania Raymonde detailed her thoughts on the sequel in a recent interview, saying: "I've never done a horror movie before. It was a little traumatic because this is a very intense movie. People expect there to be some tongue-in-cheek, but there's not. This movie takes off where the original started and stands on its own as a thriller and origin story. There's something epic and scary about it as it delves into this disturbed mind that is not right. It's got a lot of action, so it's cool." On her character "Nikki": "[She's] a party girl, but she's got a lot of balls. There are some moments toward the middle of the movie where she kicks some ass and isn't the typical slutty best friend. There are a lot of unorthodox things about this movie that are original and new. I don't think people are going to be disappointed."
- Gunnar Hansen revealed that he believes the film will open immediately following the events of the original. Here's what he had to say: "The opening of the movie is the last scene of the original movie and so it starts right at the beginning. In fact, they're using some of the footage of Leatherface, of me, dancing, at the beginning. They're using that footage as the opening shot, I think. I read the script, it looks pretty good. I can say that because I'm extremely critical of the sequels and the remakes."
- A man named Dan Yeager will be playing Leatherface. Director John Lussenhop describes the 6’ 6” actor as having "huge farm boy arms, a brooding brow. He’s quiet, circumspect, and immediately struck a menacing chord with me. After five minutes, I could no longer think of anyone else for the role."
- John Dugan reprises his role as the "Grandfather."
- Original Leatherface actor Gunnar Hansen will have a cameo appearance.
- Actress Marilyn Burns (Sally from the original) is set to have a cameo appearance as a character named "Verna Carson."
- Richard Riehle will play the Sawyers family attorney "Farnsworth."
- Scott Eastwood will portray "Deputy Carl Hartman," a young officer who is battling a powerful attraction to Heather while hunting Leatherface.
- Keram Malicki-Sanchez plays Ryan's friend.
- Rapper/R&B artist Trey Songz makes his acting debut with this film. He will play a character named "Ryan" and the boyfriend of Alexandra Daddario's character.
- Paul Rae plays the town mayor "Burt Hartman."
- Thom Barry plays the role of "Sheriff Hooper."
- Shaun Sipos plays "Darryl" in the film, a hitchhiker along for the ride who knows more than he lets on.
- Alexandra Daddario plays the lead female character "Heather Miller."
- Original writer/director Tobe Hooper is rumored to have a cameo appearance in the film.
- Actor Scott Eastwood (youngest son of Clint Eastwood) will play the lead male character "Carl."
- Actress Tania Raymonde ("Alex Rousseau" in the hit series Lost) plays "Nikki" the best friend to the "Heather" character.
- One of the producers was quoted saying: "I'm excited to re-conceive this iconic horror classic in a contemporary setting for a new generation of horror fans to enjoy. Both John Luessenhop and I intend to deliver a new chapter derived from Tobe Hooper's 1973 masterpiece with the goal of making it as horrifying as the original, in 3D."
- Bill Moseley will be playing a character named "Drayton Sawyer" a nod to actor Jim Siedow, who appeared in the first two original films.
- Actor Bill Moseley also played "Chop-Top" in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
- Director John Luessenhop also helmed Takers.
- Producer Mark Burg has been quoted saying the following about the possible storyline: "It's 35 years later, there's a relative going back. Why is he going back? I don't want to set it in a dusty town. How do we make it more urban but keep that feel. There will be some relatives, some new people. There's still the subtext of 'are they eating these people?' The whole idea of cannibalism, we're bringing it back."
- Co-writer Adam Marcus also wrote/directed Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
- Stephen Susco (The Grudge) wrote an early draft of the script, which has reportedly been scrapped.
- It was once rumored that a cult may somehow be involved in the storyline.
- Originally titled Leatherface 3D when it was still thought to be a sequel.
- This will obviously be in 3D.
- Platinum Dunes sold the rights to the franchise to Twisted Pictures (Saw films) after the studio felt that it was now dead and there was no more money to be made.
- Originally started out as a sequel that was described as being more of a "reboot," then it was hinted at being yet another remake, but its now confirmed to be a sequel that takes place after the events of the original 1974 Tobe Hooper film, which the producers hope will spark life into the franchise once again.
4/10 | Click here to read the official review from a UHM staff member.