Texas Chainsaw 3D

Trailer: 


Thoughts before I hit play: While I was checking out the list of movies in order, I noticed that the one I thought was next was, in fact, not. 

for some reason, there was a hidden movie between the fourth film and the prequel remake I thought I would be watching for this review. Texas Chainsaw 3D is what they called it on the Wikipedia page. 

Thing is, this movie is NOT in 3D. I mean, not as far I saw in the trailer or attached to any movie title other than the one on Wikipedia. 

Not sure if I’ll be missing out on some things if I don’t watch it through 3D glasses, but I suppose we’ll see. 

Normally I don’t watch the trailers for movies before I review them because I like being as in the dark as possible. But for this one, since it said “3D” I thought I might be able to skip it since it would just be the old movie from the 70’s with some 3D effects on top of it. 

NOPE! Turns out it’s an entirely different movie with a new-ish plot and different characters. it also seems like they added some gore and special effects to this one, so we might actually get to see someone dismembered. 

Oh, and also, I think they replaced Franklin, you know, the guy in the wheelchair, with a black guy. So….I’ll let you come to whatever conclusions you will with that one. 


Synopsis: Heather and her tropey gang of misfits cast entirely by Dawson’s Creek rejects are informed that a grandmother Heather never knew she had has died. She’s been left her estate, so they head out there only to find that the mansion still houses Leatherface in the basement. Heather eventually discovers that she is the long lost cousin of Leatherface and the Sawyer child stolen from the fire fight from the beginning of the film.


Main Meat

I had to watch the first part of this movie twice because I wasn’t quite sure what happened in the beginning. Thing is, what happens, in the beginning, is kinda the most important part of the entire film. 

From what I gathered the first time around, in a town so devoid of people, Sally Hardesty ran through miles of woods chased by a Chainsaw wielding lunatic to a gas station without so much as the whisper of other people or domesticated homes to be attacked and tortured by cannibals. there was secretly an entire band of rednecks that were into vigilante justice that hated the local police force and their lax attitude towards the Sawyers. 

From what I understood, these rednecks knew what was happening at the Sawyer place for years, considering the success of Drayton’s BBQ gas station, but didn’t do anything about it until the police show up after Leatherface nearly kills Sally. 

After watching it a second time, I’m still confused. 

Several of the actors in this scene that make up the Sawyer family are actors they took from other TCM movies. The original Leatherface Gunnar Hansen, the guy that played Chop Top in the second film, and even Marilyn Burns; Sally Hardesty herself. In this movie, the guy that played Chop Top is cast in the role of Drayton Sawyer, the Cook. With him inside the house is a whole score of people that are never mentioned in the first film. Amongst them is this woman with a kid. 

As the rednecks decide not to wait for the Sawyers to comply with officer Hooper’s request to give Leatherface up, they toss some Molotov cocktails through the window and start shooting the place up. They never really mention why they’re doing this or how they even knew that something was going down at the Sawyer place. You’d think they’d be tipped off by all the screaming and chainsaw noises traipsing through the woods the night previous, but I just review movies, what do I know. And also, the movie needed tension, who cares if they explain why it’s there. 

So, the house goes up in flames, we see most of the family die, and the only members we see escape are the woman with the kid. Nothing more than one quick scene is of Leatherface in the house. As they filter through the remains of the charred house, one of the rednecks finds the woman and her kid hiding out of sight. He takes the kid, kills the woman, and drives off.

This then sparks the events that lead to the main plot of the movie. 

Fast forward a few years into the future and we meet the rag tag crew that’s going to be picked off one by one as the movie progresses. 

We meet Heather, the main character that’s got a very Avril Levine vibe to her entire wardrobe and also bears an important birthmark that comes into play later. Nikki, the hot girl, Ryan, the hot guy, and Kenny, the male character that exists to make us think “wow, how did he land a girl like Nikki” who is nothing more than cannon fodder as the movie goes on.

Apparently, the four of them have a random road trip to New Orleans planned to spend Halloween out there, which is convenient, because pretty soon, Heather learns that a grandmother she never had has passed away and left her the entire estate that she owned. 

This then leads Heather to ask her parents what the deal is with her mystery grandma and they basically tell her they’ve been lying to her for her entire life and that she’s “adopted” conveniently leaving out the part where they stole her and killed her mother. 

Thank god for this pre-planned road trip. Am I right? Without it, Heather might have found out what was going on with all those redneck people at the Sawyer place that night and gotten some insight she could have used to solve the issues she has later on in the film. However, as we’ll learn about Heather as this movie continues, one of her character traits is to be impulsive about things she doesn’t understand, then to get scared and overwhelmed once she learns things the audience already knew.

So, off they go into the wild blue yonder, towards New Orleans with a pit stop in Texas.

In true Texas Chainsaw Massacre fashion, they pick up a super buff, rain-soaked, southern charm exhuding, not crazy looking hitchhiker as they travel. He gives them $60 bucks to take him to their pit stop in Texas, and of course, they agree. 

Once they arrive at the house, Farnsworth, the guy in charge of the estate, gives Heather all the info she needs to get in and also gives her a very important letter from her grandmother explaining that there is a murderous psychopath living in the basement that is her last remaining blood relative. Of course, although Farnsworth tells Heather how important the letter is, she never reads it. 

So, Kenny, Ryan, Nikki, Heather, and for some reason, the hitchhiker, all take a gander at Heather’s new place. Once they find a pool table and a speaker system, the house devolves into a party den, so they go off to grab some food and booze. While they do that, the hitchhiker offers to take their bags into the house and clean up some. 

THEY LET HIM AND HE STEALS ALL THEIR SHIT. 

This scene was important because it showed us before we knew what was happening, that Leatherface was living in the basement, Hitchhiker gets a little greedy, heads down to the basement, tries to use the obnoxiously large key to get into the basement, and is then bamboozled by Leatherface in a really cool jumpscare that came out of nowhere that I loved. 

While the group heads into town, Heather meets a guy I only refer to as ‘hot cop’ in my notes and I refuse to learn his name because that’s an apt enough description for me. She also meets sherrif Burt. I mean, I think he’s a sheriff. He holds himself like he is one, he has a big white hat, and he was the leader of the redneck vigilante fighter dudes from the beginning of the movie, basically the villain of the film as we eventually find out.

He offers to take Heather’s new home off of her hands because he doesn’t think her family would have actually wanted her to have it. She says “no thanks” and walks a way-ay-ay.

Once they all return to the house, they get a little mad that the random stranger they decided to blindly trust with their belongings and brand new mansion was mean enough to rob them but quickly get over that and start partying. 

Now that we know Leatherface is in the house, the party scene just acts as a diversion for one more person to be captured and/or murdered. 

Kenny, the quirky chef now dating Nikki at the request of his friend Ryan, is making dinner in the kitchen when he discovers a secret door. The missing keys in the basement door and a spatter of blood are all we need to see to know what happens next. 

It kinda seems like no one noticed he’s gone because the next thing we know, Nikki and Ryan are fucking in a barn, and Heather is walking around the house trying to learn more about her family. This is the point where we learn that the “birthmark” shes’ had her whole life was really the famous Sawyer “S” necklace burned onto her skin from the fire by the necklace her mother wore during the blaze.

While she’s looking around, Heather discovers that, although she got a very formal letter stating that her grandmother was dead, she was legally given the home in which she’s now standing, and there was some kind of investigation enough to have had recovered a letter from her, somehow, her grandmother’s dead body is still in the house.

Now, I can understand, based on past movies, why this might have been a thing. It seems like the Sawyers are the kind of family to keep their aging and dead ancestors around long after they’re gone. They even seen to prop up their dead like pieces of art in their home, which explains why Heather’s grandma was still in the chair she died in upstairs in her bedroom. However, the story might be a tad more compelling if they had led with the fact that the body couldn’t be located and the reason was that Leatherface took her down into his basement or something.

Of course, because she’s alone and Leatherface has no idea that someone has moved into his home, Heather finds him prepping Kenny’s body in the kitchen. Long story short, he captures her, Kenny gets sawed in half, and she runs away into the night. 

When I first watched the scene that happens next, I was confused to the point of laughter. Heather runs out of the house and into this private family graveyard outside. There just happens to be an open casket in the ground that she didn’t notice the first time she went out there. So this time, when she’s running from Leatherface, she hides in the casket in the ground. 

Now that I’ve watched the movie all the way through, I realized this was meant for the grandma character, but at the time I was severely confused as to why there was just some random casket in a dug grave. 

The movie also used this scene to beef up the 3D element of it all, complete with a too-long scene in which the chainsaw is coming directly at the camera.

Just as we think Heather is done for, Nikki and Ryan come out of the barn, then promptly head back into the barn as they’ve now distracted the bad guy from killing Heather. 

they arm themselves and prepare for the worst, when Heather returns the favor and smashes through the barn doors with their van. They make an escape that is slow, drawn-out, and confusing. Trying to be an action film, the group sends the van through the security gate that, according to Farnsworth needed a code to open in the first place, but it doesn’t work. The car stalls, Leatherface gets closer, and the gate opens by itself. It’s a thing. 

The van then flips because just as we thought they were getting away, Leatherface slashes through a tire with his chainsaw. Ryan dies, Nikki vanishes, and then somehow Leatherface chases Heather into a fair. 

Yep. out in the middle of no where, surrounded only by a gas station and a slaughterhouse, there’s a fair. Cool.

What I simultaneously don’t understand and love about this scene is that it shows a lot of Leatherface’s personality while at the same time not doing that at all. The one thing nearly all of the movies have nailed about Leatherface is that he is emotionally stunted and likely performs at a mental age much younger than his actual age. At a fair, I feel like his emotions and feelings would be completely overwhelmed and he would get easily distracted by all the fancy lights and sounds of things he was never allowed to do as a kid. 

However, given what most of the sequels and the first film told us, there was some mysterious thing that kept these cannibals from getting caught. I assume Leatherface relied solely on his brother and father to keep him safe, they were the only thing keeping their entire operation from being revealed. Now that they aren’t around anymore, there’s no one telling him not to run through a fair full of people with a chainsaw after a young girl to try and kill her. 

So it’s dichotomous in a way, but I appreciated that it existed. 

Oh, and pro tip? If you’re running from a murderer with a chainsaw, don’t grab on to the most circular ride available and hope he won’t wait for you to come down to get you. That is all. 

Anyway, Heather makes it out alive from the fair and is taken in by the police. Leatherface is still at large and Nikki is still missing.

Now, I think by now I’ve discovered a new movie pet peeve; when police officers show up to locations by themselves. 

I don’t think I have ever once watched a documentary or true crime show that accurately portrayed cops that pictured a singly cop showing up to a scene. 

In horror movies, however, it happens all the time. This movie is no different. 

Bald guy that looks a little like Bill Burr arrives at Heathers’ new home and goes in to investigate by himself. As you can probably imagine, it doesn’t go well. While he’s in the house, he’s live streaming to the police station while both Burt and Hooper watch. As he discovers Leatherface’s den, he opens a large cooler. In true Pam fashion, she pops out the second he opens it, it scares him, and she’s shot in the head. 

Once the transmission is over from Bill Burr’s phone to the station, Leatherface finds him and like Kenny, Ryan, and everyone else that dies in this movie, he’s pretty much forgotten so the film can move forward. 

The film used the tension created by Bill Burr and the Haunted Mansion to also build tension as we watched Heather find out everything we already knew about her family and what happened the night of the fire. She learns who she is, it’s a whole thing, and she ditches the police just as they’re about to talk to her about what their officer buddy just witnessed. 

Heather gets in touch with Farnsworth who then asks her to meet at a bar and talk about what’s going on. He continues to explain to her elements of the plot we already know about. He’s all like “hey, you probably should have read that letter I insisted you read.” heather’s all like “nah, I forgot” so he goes on to tell her what was in the letter was all about Leatherface. His name was Jedidiah, he’s Heather’s cousin, and he lived in the basement. According to this movie, he’s got the brainpower of an 8-year-old. 

yet….he cuts people in half for funzies? cool.

Burt attacks Farnsworth once he finds out that he’s telling her all the secrets they don’t want her to know. As she runs away, she’s hit by a car. She defends herself with a knife and then runs off to find hot cop. 

PLOT TWIST: hot cop cannot be trusted because surprise! He’s Burt’s son. 

The entire remaining cast then heads to the slaughterhouse to recon. Thing is, Leatherface hears about it through the dead cop’s radio and joins the party because there ain’t no party like a Leatherface party ’cause a Leatherface party ends with Burt getting sent through an industrial meat grinder and him rescuing his cousin because family is the most important thing, even when you’re cannibals; maybe especially when you are, idk.

So yeah, just as Leatherface is about to tear into Heather, who was bound and gagged in an attempt to…I guess torture her for learning secrets about her own family? Being Sawyer scum that these rednecks just hate for some reason that is literally never mentioned? For being too cool for school? Idk. 

They tie her up and Leatherface makes his entrance. Just as he’s about to tear into a victim he’s been chasing for the entire movie, he sees her birthmark because at this point she’s nearly topless because of course she is. 

So he sees it, gets all emotional and saves her life, but just as he does this, HE’s attacked and SHE has to save HIM.

I really REALLY thought there was going to be this epic rescue where Heather picks up a chainsaw and kills the rednecks trying to send Leatherface through the meat grinder, but it didn’t happen and that made me sad, I think that would have been super cool. Instead, she stabs a guy with a pitchfork and leatherface grabs his chainsaw and goes nuts with it at the dudes trying to hurt himself and Heather.

Before I wrap up this section, I want to go over the psychology of Leatherface really quick. I try to do this with each review because it doesn’t seem like many people have the same concept of Leatherface than the first film did. 

As you know by now, I’m in the camp that no matter what happens, Leatherface is persuaded by his family to do what he does. Having grown up in that environment is why he is the way he is in this movie. His brother brings them in, he kills them, and his father cooks them. Thing is, in this movie, there is no brother and there is no father, so all that’s left is killing.

When that’s all that’s left, you have a machine that’s just going to keep killing everyone that invades his space in some way because that’s how he knew who was bad and who was good. He chases them when they run away because he’s been punished in the past for letting them get away before, there can be no survivors, there can be no witnesses, now Leatherface is the only one left holding down the family business but I’m not sure he understands that. There’s no moment where we see his reaction to his entire family dying. The story is more focused on Heather learning about her past as opposed to Leatherface mourning the loss of his family and deciding how to pick up the pieces from his mental standpoint. In this film, he’s just a monster with a chainsaw that has a moment of sweet clarity as he saves Heather and they return home.

Not sure it’s even worth talking about his mask at this phase of the reviews. In this film it was more of a paper mache beehive than a face. For some unknown reason, there was also a scene in this film where we watch Leatherface SEWED the mask ONTO his OWN face. I don’t know why this is a thing, it’s not like this character has grown with the sequels and become more reliant on the personality that mask creates because it seemed exremely evident that this film rejected every sequel made after the first. So I’m really not sure where that came from besides some 3D effects and a chance to include needles and gore. 

What else would the movie end with than Heather finally reading the letter her grandmother left her. You know, the one explaining everything that could have stopped the entire movie from happening. Listen, I know I’m not the most prolific writer of the decade, but for goodness sakes, if the entire plot of the movie could have been avoided by doing one super simple task like reading a letter, it ends up feeling weak, dumb, and pointless to have watched multiple people die.

Heather only really learns that she’s now got a cousin living in the basement of a home she now owns and is banned from selling in a town full of rednecks out for revenge against Burt because they hate her entire family. But at the same time, she now has a chainsaw wielding oaf ready to protect her at a moment’s notice because she’s blood related to him so I would be interested to see what becomes of that. Unfortunately, I don’t think we will considering the next film in the series is a prequel.


Year released/director: 2013, John Lussenhop

Rating: Meh

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Favorite Death: What immediately comes to mind is the death of Burt because it was a gory, unkempt display of gross and unnerving, but I’m me, so that’s only my surface level favorite death. What was truly my favorite was taking Drayton and the Hitchhiker out off the constant loop of archetypes from this film and watching what Leatherface did on his own without their help.

Funniest Part: Most of the films in this series up until this point have been touted as a black comedy. I haven’t truly seen where that comes into play in other films, but especially this one. For some reason, I think this movie relied on the quirks of each character rather than actual comical elements that made me laugh so I don’t remember anything specific that made me laugh out loud that wasn’t bad writing (like the main characters leaving the hitchhiker alone in Heather’s new home completely alone) or character quirks (the fact that Heather collects bones and arranges them in an ever growing art piece in the main hallway of her home).

How I would have done it: I would have had Heather read that damn letter first thing. I would have made Ryan the supportive boyfriend who put her well being first. He literally has maybe three lines and otherwise stood around and played pool. If he had encouraged her to follow Farnsworth’s strict instructions.

PLUS can you imagine how much more complex this movie could have been had they all known what was down in the basement? There likely still would have been buckets of blood and murder, but like, Heather was so invested in finding out who she really was that I think her curiosity would have outweighed the imminent danger of heading down to Leatherface’s basement. Not to mention, she had nothing to go back home to. Her family had been lying to her, all of her friends were already at the house, and she was basically using this new house to start over as an independent person. 

As always, I would have also lent more screen time to Leatherface, maybe telling the audience why he now sews the masks directly to his face as opposed to what he did in the first film.

Thoughts from Interviews:

So a lot of the original cast came in for this movie

apparently the hot black guy was Trey Songz, a rapper I know the name of, but have no idea what he looked like, so that’s cool.

I found this interview from JoBlo Movie Trailers. It’s with Alexandra Daddario and Trey Songz, talking about their characters and what it was like to play them.

“It’s like there’s this little mystery element to the film that is different than some of the other sequels and remakes and I get to play this dark character this really tough strong darker character that has an interesting evolution as a person and that’s really fun to play. For me, dealing with all the transitions emotionally, and that kinda thing was an interesting challenge as an actor.”

“Now Trey, you make some of the most romantic and sexy ballads ever, why this?”

“Well, when John reached out to me, it was really the conversations that we had that kinda swayed my mind. I was in the middle of recording my fifth album, I just got off tour and he actually came to the studio here in LA, it was like 11 or 12 at night; he stayed till like three in the morning just talking about the film, talking about his life, we’re both from Virginia and he was very convincing. And the thing about Ryan, his character, it’s not too much weight on me as an actor, I’m there as a supporting role to her, who was great the whole way through, and it’s a great launchpad for other films as well, so makes sense.”

When asked if the shoot was rough for her, Alexandra had this to say 

“Yes, I mean, it was a little bit but I had an amazing time. It was it was very hot. We shot in Louisiana in the summer and physically it was challenging but I really enjoy doing roles like this, like I enjoy doing the action stuff in Percy Jackson, a film I did a couple years ago and I enjoyed playing that tough, strong character. But yes, it was. I was lucky to have a great cast and crew, we really supported each other and it made it even more fun I think. And yeah, it was a good experience.”

I was incredibly surprised to find out that one of the members of the Sawyer family from the first scene of this film was none other than Gunnar Hansen. After discovering that he wanted nothing to do with the remake they made in I believe 2015, I assumed he would want nothing else to do with the series. 

However, in this interview I found by Artisan News, he states that the reason he was a part of it was because it “really is a true sequel to the original movie and I think it captures the feel in a lot of ways of the original. And I have to say, there’s this moment, and I’m not going to tell you what it is, but when I was reading the script, and you know, every time you read a script, you think- especially about a character like Leatherface that I’m so invested in, I go ‘No, no, no, oh come on, you can’t do that.” there’s a moment in this movie where I went ‘you’re doing what?’ and then I thought ‘why didn’t we think of that.’ and there is that moment in this movie that I think that it’s like it’s a brilliant thing to expand the character of Leatherface a little bit to get a better sense of him.”

I’m grateful that Gunnar seems to have read the entire script and determined that what they did with Leatherface this time is something he values as the actor that made the guy what he is. I totally agree, though I think the film could have backed up that fact with less guts and gore than it ended up having.

Finally, I found an interview with Leatherface himself!

I’m fairly certain this is the Leatherface they nabbed for that Sharknado cameo. he doesn’t seem to exude the same kind of energy other Leatherfaces have in the past. Then again, in this film, it seems like he wasn’t as character focused, rather, they used the first movie to show the personality of Leatherface and then tied this one in to show us his gory, bloody side as well. 

In this interview with “Red Carpet News” Dan Yeager, who plays Leatherface in this film, talks about Leatherface in the grand scheme of horror icons.

“Leatherface isn’t a monster. He’s the human horror icon, there’s nothing supernatural about him. He’s afraid. Everything he does is out of fear and you know, I think we finally resurrected that character in this script and in this movie. But he is very relatable because he is a human being rather than a monster.”

Okay, after listening to more of this guy’s interview, I really appreciate the stance he took when talking about the film, the genre, and how gore plays into this and other movies. What he said was really poignant so I wanted to make sure I included it. The interviewer asked:

“There’s a constant debate about the line in the sand of violence on screen and how much you see, and of course the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre really provoked that debate quite fiercely . I mean, how do you feel as someone you know, who’s played one of the most iconic chainsaw-wielding horror icons of all time. How do you feel about that?”

and Dan replied:

“I feel filmmakers have taken kind of the easy way out. They think that you know, actually seeing the blade penetrate the flesh and the actual visceral, you know, you’ve gotta see the skull get crushed. I don’t believe that for a minute and if you watch the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you see hardly anything. It’s all implied and that’s the art of film. And our movie, all the effects were practical. There’s very little CGI in the movie. And that was good, but still I think we probably used more blood in every shot than they did in the entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I don’t think it’s about showing the gore. I think that’s gotten way out of hand. And I think people are kind of missing the story aspect of these tales because of it. You know, they’re focused on the wrong thing. It’s about people, it’s about you know, human emotion, and you know, rather than show you getting your head blown off, the camera should be showing my horrified reaction to it. That’s cinema, that’s the art of film.”

Another thing Dan mentioned was that the 3D aspect distracted from the story as well.

“Again, it’s about story. It’s not about poking you with chainsaw blades and splashing you with blood. It’s about what’s happening to those characters that makes you care about it.”

Trivia:

Each piece of trivia here is sourced from IMDB

Thus far this is the first sequel that Gunnar Hansen had agreed to be a part of. The film also included cameos by the guy that played Chop Top from the second movie and Marilyn Burns that played Sally from the first film. It was also the last film he was ever in, which I think is kinda cool.

Originally, a plan for a new trilogy was pitched. The films would be released out of chronological order, with the second film coming out first and being set almost entirely in a hospital. The next film would be a prequel explaining the events that led up to the hospital scenario. The third film would complete the storyline. Fearing it was too ambitious and risky, the producers opted for a follow up to the original instead. (given my review of the third film and how I would have written that this would have been really interesting to see, I’m kinda bummed this never happened).

Both Alexandra Daddario and Trey Songz admitted to not having seen the original film prior to the production of this film. The only films in the series Songz had seen before were the remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and its prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).

Sheriff Hooper is named after Tobe Hooper, the creator of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Dan Yeager is as of this film the tallest Leatherface at 6’6.

At the end of the credits, there is one final short scene in which Heather’s foster parents show up to the Carson house only to meet her cousin, Jed. (I didn’t know this one and actually went back to watch it after I found this out. I’m not exactly sure why her foster parents would come back to visit after telling Heather not to go there in the first place, but it’s whatever, let’s hope they were killed).

Summary: I think I liked this one. it took the formula that the sequels had been trying and failing to impress, at least me, with. It made it something new. While it didn’t do what I wanted it to, it instilled even more into the series that family is the most important thing to the Sawyers. Whether you knew them personally or just discovered them thanks to a birthmark, family is the most important thing and deserves to be protected at all costs.

They didn’t go into Leatherface as much as I was hoping they would, there was a lot they could have explored there since he didn’t have his brother or father telling him what to do, but I think what they did do still kept a bit of the original Leatherface without tarnishing his reputation. I don’t think anything could have done that worse than the second movie. 

The gore was a bit gratuitous but I thought it was well placed and I really appreciated the fact that most of it was practical and we got to see a lot of it. Mixed with the super cheesy 3D effects poking out from the camera at you, it seemed to mesh well even if it didn’t land as a quality movie.

Heather was an interesting character, I liked her a lot and wanted to learn more about her as the story went on which I think is the most important aspect of the film. She wasn’t your classic final girl running and screaming for her life through the woods. She was on the hunt for information and knew she would have to get it herself by any means necessary. Sure the audience already knew everything she eventually figured out, but at least there was the impression of growth and development. 

I wanted more depth from the characters overall, I wanted the plot to be something that didn’t require one simple action to undo, I wanted to feel something and I didn’t, but I don’t think this movie undid the series like the other sequels and did what it could to preserve the storyline while also adding something valuable to it.

All the other movies I’ve watched and reviewed ever since the first one have tried to be a sequel but thus far, I appreciate this one the most because of the approach it took to do it. Nevermind the fact that the town was supposed to be empty and within seconds of this film starting MORE Sawyers came out of the woodwork that would have made Sally’s death a sure thing. And nevermind that in a town with a bustling marketplace just a few minutes from Heather’s new home and rednecks around every corner within driving distance to the Sawyer house couldn’t hear Sally, Pam, Franklin, and Kirk as they screamed and died in the woods around their properties. 

It needed work, but I think it did the best it could with what it was given. So I’m not sure I *like* this movie, but I definitely respect its hustle.


 

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