Texas Chainsaw review (Blu-ray)

Here we have a decent enough sequel-cum-update to Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic. It pretends that all the other sequels and remakes never happened and kicks off just minutes after the original film ended.

When the police arrive to arrest Leatherface (Yeager), a mob forms and decides to take the law into their own hands. They burn down the house and kill the Sawyer family, with the exception of a baby, which is secretly taken away by one of the townspeople to raise on their own.

Cut to 38 years later, and baby Heather (Daddario) is now in her late teens (slight plot hole right there). She learns she was adopted and was part of the Sawyer family, and her late grandmother (Burns) has left her massive texas estate to Heather in her will. So Heather and her friends take a road trip to check the place out, and discover a family secret hidden in the basement ...

Texas Chainsaw is a pretty good effort at reviving Leatherface and the other characters from the first film. The opening scenes that recreate moments from the original are perfect and set the scene for the carnage to come. And there's plenty of carnage and juicy chainsaw action to be had when Leatherface returns to meet his cousin. The film is somewhat generic and formulaic, with the usual cliched characters that always pop up in horror films, but it's definitely fun.

EXTRAS ★★★★ The bonus material is first rate. There are three audio commentaries: one with director Luessenhop and Leatherface actor Yeager; one with producers Tobe Hooper and Carl Mazzocone; and one with "Chainsaw Alumni" Moseley, Hansen, Burns and John Dugan. There are seven behind-the-scenes featurettes: Texas Chainsaw Legacy; Resurrecting The Saw; The Old Homestead; Casting Terror; Leatherface 2013; Lights, Camera, massacre; and It's In The Meat. And there is an Alternative Opening; and On Set Short Subjects: Five Minute Massacres, which consists of six behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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