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 »

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series has spawned numerous sequels, remakes and even a prequel to the remake. Yet none of them told us what happened immediately after the terrifying conclusion of the 1974 original. Texas Chainsaw 3D begins right there, explaining the results of the first film and how that changed things in the future. Leatherface and his family are believed to be gone (this film ignores all other sequels) until, one day, a young girl finds out she’s inherited a house. In Texas. And she goes there with her friends. In a van. Yes, this is a recipe for a blood-soaked disaster.

Directed by John Luessenhop, Texas Chainsaw 3D will ring in the new year on January 4 and you can watch the first trailer now. Read More »

Here’s Leatherface in ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’

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 »

2013 brings us back to the scene of the massacre. Texas Chainsaw 3D (which has now, officially, lost the “Massacre” from the title) hits theaters right after the new year, on January 4, and picks up right where the 1974 original left off. It then takes us to the present where a young girl discovers a dark family secret that may or may not involve Leatherface and chainsaws.

A new poster for the John Luessenhop-directed film has been released and it’s super creepy. Check it out and read the new plot summary 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 »

Some purist genre fans might be starting to feel like they’re in a Scream-like movie where the terror of the plot is that all the movies they like are being given hybrid sequel/remakes. Recently the horror classics have been on the block, with all sorts of news about an Evil Dead remake, and now some new casting info on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Takers director John Luessenhop will be behind the camera this time, for a story that is meant as a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper‘s original film, though it takes place in the present day. Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hall Pass) was cast in the lead late last week, and now Tania Raymonde (Lost) has been added, too. 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 »

Movie Trailer #2: Takers

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Before this trailer, the most memorable thing about Takers was the photoshop abortion that passed for the film’s first one-sheet. After this new trailer, that poster remains the most memorable thing about Takers, which still looks like an abandoned MTV Movie Awards tribute to Heat. Read More »

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