Monday, March 3, 2008

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Massacre III (1990)

Directed by: Jeff Burr
Written by: David J. Schow
Starring: Kate Hodge, Viggo Mortensen, Ken Foree, Joe Unger, William Butler, Tom Everett, R.A. Mihailoff, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, Jennifer Banko

Second sequel to the original Chainsaw Massacre, supposedly. As I recall, at the end of the last one, Leatherface got a chainsaw through him. This is almost more like a remake.

Two young people are driving through Texas (they're going to Florida, I guess) and run afoul of the chainsaw people. Then they spend the rest of the movie trying to escape with the help of this other guy who's some kind of survivalist or something.

Eh. Not really very good. There's not really all that much to say about it other than that. It took itself a lot more seriously than Part 2, but probably wasn't as gory. The gore levels were actually fairly restrained for some reason (pile it high, god dammit!).

Anyway, the writing was pretty bad, and the movie was pretty predictable (not in the general sense either - in the very specific sense). Most of the acting wasn't that great either.

It mostly relied on the 'they're eating people' thing to freak me out, without having anything really scary, shocking, or even mildly alarming in it. There wasn't even really a gross-out factor, though there was a lot of potential. It was pretty lame, actually.

The highlight is, of course, Viggo Mortensen as about the sexiest cannibal redneck ever he can nail my hands to a chair anytime. I was all like 'screw your weenie boyfriend, lady, go hook up with Captain Texas', even though the woman in the movie couldn't hear me. I think it's his smile. He's got a really great smile.

Ah well. I've hopped off my train of thought here. Yeah, he doesn't really save the movie though. It was still lame, though not as mental as the last one. So... I don't know. If you dig Viggo, go for it. Otherwise... maybe not.


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