The horror started in 1974 with Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A few sequels later, that franchise faded, and in 2003 Platinum Dunes picked it up. They made two films, but the screams faded once more. In 2013 the franchise was resurrected one more time with Texas Chainsaw 3D. The film was a financial and critical disappointment, but producer Carl Mazzocone has the rights to make up to six films and he’s going to try another. A writer has just been hired to pen a Texas Chainsaw prequel called Leatherface. Read More »
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Over the weekend, there was a report that Texas Chainsaw 3D had done well enough that a sequel was a definite thing. Last night we heard that Millennium Films absolutely plans to shoot another Chainsaw film this year, and that the title might be Texas Chainsaw 4. (We’re still not sure where that title came from, as there’s no way of reckoning the films, with the chronology established by this latest sequel, that makes any sense for that numbering.)
Now, however, the idea of Texas Chainsaw 4, or whatever it would be called, doesn’t really matter. Because it turns out that Avi Lerner of Millennium spoke too soon when announcing sequel plans. The film’s producer Carl Mazzocone and executive producer Mark Burg, aka the guys who really hold the sequel rights, have stepped up to say they have no idea what Millennium was talking about with respect to that quick sequel plan. Read More »
This past weekend, the success of Texas Chainsaw 3D, which stole box office victory from the grubby hands of The Hobbit, helped ensure that Millennium films would go back to Texas for another helping of cannibal stew. That wasn’t a given at the outset, as previous Chainsaw sequels haven’t always been big performers. But this one did well enough to rev the saw once more.
Making things super-confusing, Deadline reports that this new sequel will be called Texas Chainsaw 4… which doesn’t make much sense. The series currently ignores everything but Tobe Hooper’s original and the 2013 film, which means the chronology is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, then Texas Chainsaw 3D, then Texas Chainsaw 4. Either Deadline got the title wrong or perhaps Millennium figures the title of the current film looks enough like it is the third movie that moving to number 4 makes sense.
Bloody Disgusting reported news of a sequel the other day, but this new report comes with the title (if it is correct) and confirmation. Production will begin later this year, but no writer or director is named at this point.
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Human skin. Severed limbs. Hammers. Bones. Chainsaws. There’s no denying that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its terrifying character, Leatherface, have helped shape horror iconography. To celebrate Texas Chainsaw 3D, the latest film in the series and first that’s a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic, Lionsgate and Vice are celebrating that iconography by creating an online gallery of eye-catching art.
The Gallery of Horrors: Original Art & Video Inspired by Texas Chainsaw 3D is now online at Vice.com and with it comes an opportunity to see some killer art (pun intended) combining the ideas of Leatherface, Texas, 3D and much more. After the jump, check our 12 favorite posters from the gallery. Read More »
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 »
Newly announced sequels, new info on previously announced sequels and the death of others. Tons of news in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:
- Liam Neeson didn’t think Taken 3 would happen, but the screenwriter of Taken 2 says it definitely is.
- Rob Cohen would love to go back to both the xXx and Fast and Furious series.
- Tyrese Gibson tweets a semi-spoilery photo from Fast and Furious 6 and says he wants to come back for Transformers 4.
- Michael Bay says Transformers 4 will have “a different feel” and “open the franchise up.”
- Texas Chainsaw 3D will feature footage from the original film.
- Director Isaac Florentine and actor Scott Adkins are back for Ninja 2.
- Paranormal Activity 4 is coming to IMAX.
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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 »
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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 »