We are excited about the rolling out a new feature on our site this week. A section devoted to highlighting other great sites and blogs that we read on read on a regular basis. If this feature proves popular we will be looking for other blogs to contribute to this section in the coming months. Feel free to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being considered for a future installment.
Our first contributor is Tracy Ladd from the excellent site ReelGoddess.com Tracy was nice enough to volunteer to be the test pilot for this grand experiment. In addition to this review you can check out an interview with one of the actors from the film on her site right now.
Texas Chainsaw 3D
Director: John Luessenhop
Writer: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz
Review By: Tracy Ladd
Disregarding all of the sequels and subsequent attempts at rebooting the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Texas Chainsaw 3D picks up directly after the original film from 1974. The good people of Newt, Texas get wind of the horrors that took place and decide to get their revenge by turning Leatherface’s family home to ash . Fast forward 20+ years later, Heather Miller (Alexandra Daddario) is working as a butcher in a grocery store (a fitting career choice), when she gets a letter notifying her of a large inheritance left to her by the estranged grandmother she never knew she had.
Heather, her boyfriend Ryan (Trey Songz), and best friends Nikki (Tania Raymonde) and Kenny (Keram Malicki-Sanchez) all travel to the small Texas town to collect Heather’s inheritance. They find that said inheritance includes a sizeable estate, and all things contained therein. What they don’t realize however, is the horrific evil that awaits them.
Texas Chainsaw 3D contains all of the elements you would expect from a film that uses the word chainsaw in the title. There’s plenty of blood, body parts and young, attractive twenty-something’s running around in revealing clothing. Surprisingly however, the film doesn’t showcase nudity. Sorry guys. The story itself takes a bit of a different turn toward the end, and for that reason alone, sets it apart from so many other films that share the slasher-horror genre. To avoid any spoilers, I won’t go into detail on what that turn of events is, but suffice it to say, I was a bit surprised.
I don’t normally shell out the cabbage to see these types of films, mainly because you don’t even need to see a trailer to know what’s going to happen. I enjoyed the likes of Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers as a kid, but slasher films these days leave me a bit cold. I’m even pickier when it comes to paying 3D prices, but the 3D in this film was actually pretty decent. Of course there was going to be a chainsaw in your face at some point, but overall, it wasn’t overused to the point of it being a distraction. My chief complaint here is the same as it is with every 3D film; muted colors. Scenes taking place in dimly lit places were difficult to make out and certain colors (blood) were rather dark.
Overall Texas Chainsaw 3D was actually better than I expected it to be and it even managed to provide some pretty good laughs. Although I don’t think they were parts that were meant to be humorous, but I laughed anyway. For that reason, along with the little twist, Texas Chainsaw 3D gets 1.5 chainsaw wielding guys from me.
I had the opportunity to talk to James MacDonald, who plays Officer Marvin in the film. You can find the interview over at my site, ReelGoddess.com.
So there we have it it our initial Guest Bloggers post. Thank you so much Tracy for participating in this new feature and contributing this review. I look forward to reading your interview with James MacDonald on your site.