maxresdefaultOne of the best debut films in any horror franchise has always been the creepy The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from 1974. It was such an eerie film that had never been duplicated especially with the turn it made in the 80’s sequel. For this year’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I had been looking to watch the third film in the franchise, but to no luck. That was until I ran by a copy of a workprint composite (I’ll explain this below) of the film Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III at Rock and Shock yesterday and now I present it to you. All Michelle (Kate Hodge) wants to do is drive her dad’s car from California to Florida so that she can move on with her life. While on the road in Texas with her friend Ryan (William Butler), they come into contact with the strange Sawyer family and what happens next is a fight for survival as they try and escape the dreaded clutches of Leatherface (R.A. Mihailoff). The film also stars Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead) as Benny, Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King) as Eddie “Tex” Sawyer, Joe Unger (Escape From New York) as Tinker Sawyer, Miriam Byrd-Nethery (Stepfather II) as Mama Sawyer, Jennifer Banko (Friday The 13TH Part VII: The New Blood) as Leatherface’s Daughter, and the film was directed by Jeff Burr (Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings). 

leatherface-texas-iiiSo what a workprint composite basically means is that the deleted scenes or scenes that were left out of the final cut are weaved into this film to show you what they left out. One thing I will say is that the ending is completely different than how the original ended and I have to say that I sort of liked it. It’s that classic ending of you think she has gotten away and she has found help, but she really hasn’t when you see who it is. You also have to remember going in to watching this that the scenes that are put back into the film are not the same quality as the original film. As far as the film is concerned, it’s definitely not the best in the franchise, but it makes a good attempt at following the second film and believe me it only gets wackier moving forward. One of the things that kind of bothered me was the attempt at recreating Edwin Neal’s famous hitchhiker character as a creepy peeping tom gas station attendant. I get why they did it because every film had it’s whack job from Chop Top in part II, etc. The film can get gruesome at times, but I felt like it wasn’t enough. You see the second film did a great job at adding the gruesomeness to the film and this one sort of lacked at times. The one thing that I did like was how whacked out the Sawyer family was in this film, it was almost like they were a tight-nit family. If you can find the film then check it out, but for now I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.

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