There’s not a cloud in the sky as the unfaltering Louisiana sun beats down on a barren piece of land in the middle of nowhere. As unforgiving and uncomfortable as the weather is, though, the sun has nothing on the man who lives here: Leatherface. The horror icon with the skin mask and chainsaw is soon coming back for his seventh film: Texas Chainsaw 3D. However, this film differs from the rest of the franchise in that it wipes the slate clean of anything that happened in the previous five sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots. They never happened. Texas Chainsaw 3D is a direct sequel Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece, picking up exactly where that film left off.
And exactly where that film left off is right where I stand on August 16, 2011. Director John Luessenhop (Takers) and his team have gone through the painstaking process of making an exact replica of the classic house of horrors seen in the original film. Everything from the skulls on the floor to the cuts in the door are precisely how a young Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) left it when she ran away screaming for her life. For the characters on set today, those events happened mere hours ago. For the people inhabiting those characters – including some of the original actors from that classic film – it’s been almost four decades. And while the franchise isn’t exactly where Tobe Hooper left it on that hot Texas day, on this hot Louisiana day, it feels like nothing has changed.
It’s day 22 of a 30 day shoot as /Film was on the set of Texas Chainsaw 3D to talk to the filmmakers, new stars and familiar faces who’ll help continue the story of Leatherface on January 4, 2013. Read More »
When we last saw Leatherface at the end of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, he was doing a dance of frustration, spinning like a dervish flailing his chainsaw, as the Final Girl Marilyn Burns escaped in the back of a stranger’s pickup truck.
We’ve seen versions of Leatherface many times in the years since, but John Luessenhop‘s film Texas Chainsaw 3D purports to be a direct sequel to Hooper’s film, picking up right after the end of the 1974 original. We saw a poster for the movie a couple days ago, and while we wait for the trailer there’s now a still of Leatherface, showing the not-quite all there marauder trudging towards what might be a slaughterhouse. Check it out in full below. Read More »
Darren Lynn Bousman, who co-wrote and directed the midnight cult fave Repo! The Genetic Opera, has created a follow-up musical called The Devil’s Carnival. The 55-minute film features some returning Repo! players such as Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Bill Moseley, and Ogre of Skinny Puppy. It also has some new faces such as Jessica Lowndes, Sean Patrick Flannery, Briana Evigan, Ivan Moody, Marc Senter and Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan from Slipknot.
The teaser for The Devil’s Carnival announces more of the involved talent, and you can check it out below. Read More »
It’s only October 2011 but Hollywood is already gearing up for October 2012. Lionsgate in particular will have a very bloody month. That’s when they’re expected to debut their latest acquisition, Adam Wingard’s awesome horror/thriller You’re Next as well as the latest installment in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.
Set for release October 5, 2012, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D ignores everything that came after the 1973 original by picking up immediately after the Tobe Hooper film left off. It’s directed by John Luessenhop (Takers) and stars Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) as a young girl who heads to Texas to collect an inheritance that includes the infamous Leatherface.
I was on the blazing hot Louisiana set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D in August and while I can’t say anything more than that, I’ll say the film is certainly a love letter to fans. Expect much more about the film as we get closer to release but, for now, check out the first poster from the film after the jump. Read More »
David Ayers wrote and will direct End of Watch, which already has Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena cast as two LAPD officers who “confront marriage, love, fatherhood and the harsh realities of the Los Angeles streets.” Now Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) are in talks to play the respective love interests in the movie. We don’t have too many more details on End of Watch, but the film shoots later this summer. [Variety]
After the break, a total change of pace into horror as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 co-star Bill Mosely gets a role in Leatherface 3D, but not the same role he played in Chainsaw 2. And Adam Scott books two new comedy roles. Read More »
Screen Gems is getting into a different kind of genre film — while still working with Resident Evil and Underworld movies, the outfit is also putting together Love Don’t Let Me Down, a country music picture produced by Tobey Maguire. The primary cast now includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester.
Shana Feste wrote and will direct, and the story “revolves around a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) who becomes involved with a fallen country singer (Paltrow). As they embark on a career resurrection tour with her husband and manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester), romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.” No word yet on anyone’s dog dying or truck breaking down, but even money says at least one of those things happens. (Kidding, kind of.) [Variety]
After the break, more for Hungry Rabbit Jumps and the weird animated Night of the Living Dead prologue/remake. Read More »
A new movie trailer for Darren Lynn Bousman‘s Repo! The Genetic Opera has gone online as the Fantasia Film Festival begins next week. I hate to rehash the quotes used in the trailer, but the movie looks both stunning and original, and might very well become an instant cult classic. It looks like Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Blade Runner meets Saw. I also love the fusion of comic book styling used in the backstory and actor credits. And did I mention the music? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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Set in the 2056, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, tells the story of an epidemic of organ failures that devastates the planet, killing tens of millions. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants… for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II, SAW III, SAW IV) and produced by Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate, this futuristic horror rock opera stars Paul Sorvino (GOODFELLAS), Alexa Vega (SPY KIDS), Paris Hilton (HOUSE OF WAX), Anthony Head (TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), Ogre (from the band Skinny Puppy) and world-renowned opera singer Sarah Brightman (Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera”).