I decided to take a break from The DIRTY HARRY Marathon to watch something a little more heartwarming…kidding…I watched TEXAS CHAINSAW (2013) in 3D because I am a glutton for punishment. You’d figure that in the second reboot of this franchise that there would be something compelling to have warranted it…You’d be wrong. There are moments (and I mean moments) that I was mildly impressed with but that is being kind. For the most part this movie is a mess and has a really bizarre story that not only strains credibility at each turn, but asks the audience to show sympathy for a chainsaw wielding (cannibal) psycho. Nice try, but you have to bring you’re A-game if you’re going to attempt to pull that off.
While we’re discussing the franchise, I’d like to share my thoughts about the other entries over the years. The original 1974 film truly is a masterpiece of the genre. Yes, it’s rough around the edges, but it contains imagery that still haunts to this day. TCM2 is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s a goofy film but has a stellar over-the-top performance by Dennis Hopper and some truly quotable lines (Incoming mail…anyone?). It’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it. Installment 3 (aka “Leatherface”) has its merits but 4 (aka “The Next Generation”) is a complete bust.
That brings us to the first reboot. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW (2003). I don’t hate it, but I’m not in love with it either. Definitely one of the more watchable remakes, it just never quite jelled for me. At least it was better than 2006’s “The Beginning.” Wow, what a piece of crap. Almost unwatchable, It’s most definitely the worst of the entire series (marginally speaking of course).
From my understanding this new 2013 reboot was supposed to be the start of a long running franchise, but unless they improve the quality by leaps and bounds on the next one (Is there a next one?), there really isn’t any point.
BTW: I should say something about the 3D…but my mother taught me if I didn’t have anything nice to say than I shouldn’t say it.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013