Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Horror Challenge #4 "Texas Chainsaw 3D"

Ok, this franchise has had several sequels and reboots already, and I'm not a huge fan of any of them apart from the original, so I wasn't expecting much with this movie, and partly because of my low expectations, it was a lot better than I expected.  This movie throws out all the sequels and reboots as though they never happened (like I'm sure a lot of us wish they never had happened) and this story purports to start up right after the events of the original movie, incorporating footage from that movie as it builds its own premise, which was kind of cool.  A bunch of rednecks decide to dispense some "private justice" to a family of white trash killers in their town, and things go predictably badly and bloodily.  Fast forward 18 years or so, and a young girl learns she is descended from the family of white trash killers that were supposedly wiped out that day (whoops) and she has inherited an estate in Texas from her grandmother who recently died.  She and some friends go on a road trip to check out the house, bloody chainsaw mayhem ensues, and fun is had by all (well, all us viewers, I don't think the characters had much fun).  I like that this movie displays why taking the law into your own hands isn't a great idea, how "an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind," and "two wrongs don't make a right" and all that.  It's not the pinnacle of cinematic achievement or anything, but it has a halfway decent plot, a story that plays out well, some good gore, and a likable main character, so I dug it.

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