R | | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface (Robert Jacks) and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
This movie is recursive in that it opens with an intertitle referring to two "minor, yet apparently related incidents," a joking acknowledgment of the previous two sequels. Justin Yandell of "Bloody Disgusting" interprets this movie as a cynical re-imagining of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), with Henkel parodying his own work. He cites Leatherface's ineffectiveness at dispatching his victims, as well as the archetypal teenage characters as evidence of this movie being a commentary on the declining state of horror movies in the late 1980s and early 1990s: Leatherface, once efficient, methodical, and nearly silent, now struggles to competently capture or kill his victims, all the while screaming like a petulant child. The family, no longer backwater cannibals, dines on pizza instead of the fresh meat of their victims. The dinner sequence, originally one of the most effective and horrifying scenes ever committed to film, goes so far off the rails, it climaxes with Jenny turning the tables on her captors and scolding Leatherface into sitting down and shutting up. The ineffectiveness of it all of this is intentional, and we know this because a man in a limo pulls up and openly acknowledges it.
August 18, 1973. News of a bizarre, chainsaw wielding family - reports which were to ignite the world's imagination - began to filter out of central Texas. Regrettably not one of the family members was ever apprehended and for more than ten years ...
Jenny wears a white silk scarf loosely around her neck, as part of her prom outfit. As Leatherface chases her through the muddy river, the scarf falls down her body to her waist. In the next shot though, it's back round her neck. After this, she removes the scarf from her neck and throws it in the river three times between shots.
In the end credits, the "Patient on Gurney" actress was credited as ANONYMOUS.
Old (out of print) Japanese laserdisc (which used the title of "Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre) included the complete uncut version of the film.
$28,235 24 September 1995
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