DVD Review: Texas Chainsaw (2013)

Evil wears many faces.


There is not much that I can say about a film that is a “frightening” follow-up to an iconic brand of horror except for the predictably aspect of it. Texas Chainsaw (2013) does not stray too far from its horror roots. The film follows the events of Toby Cooper‘s 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre where the Sheriff had problems with rowdy locals of Newt, Texas. Right from the beginning, viewers serve as a witness to the overly zealous Molotov inspired shoot out and eventual house fire. As predicted, there was a survivor, and someone forgot to check the basement. Leatherface (Dan Yeager) got out, and the rest of the story can sell itself.

Aside from the ultra violence and rising death count that is habitual of these types of films, this “chainsaw” is a little “family oriented.” Heather (Alexandra Daddario) inherited the Sawyer family estate and everything and everyone within it. She rounds up a few of her close friends and head out to check out her gifted home in the deep off-roads,  and outside a small town. The “Newt Town rowdy bunch” still lives there. They want to kill Heather ut to kill her. Of course, her dear cousin “Leatherface” is not going to let that happen. Get ready, because I am about to reveal a HUGE spoiler–people die. Overall, the movie is not all bad. The film features some good, gory scenes, and cascading amounts of the red stuff. Just do not expect it to have an involved story-line and impeccable acting performances.

Of course, this newly released “Texas Chainsaw” series to have the same attraction of the original film, however, remains unchanged even 39 years later. Four of the original cast members from the previous films even made a cameo appearance in the film:  Gunnar Hansen, the original “Leatherface,” Marilyn Burns, John Dugan and Bill Moseley. Fans of the franchise would appreciate seeing the original actors have a part in this film. Just don’t be too excited about the mediocre acting performances, and the potential for another “Chainsaw” film.

A good “bad” horror filck. 

Also starring in Texas Chainsaw (2013) Tremaine ‘Trey Songz’ Neverson (Grammy® nominated R&B superstar), Tania Raymonde (TV’s Malcolm in the Middle, Lost), Shaun Sipos (The Grudge 2, Final Destination 2), Keram Malicki-Sanchez (American History X), James MacDonald (Phone Booth), Thom Barry (TV’s Cold Case), Paul Rae (True Grit) and Richard Riehle (Office Space). 

Now let’s get into the “delicious details” of the special features included in the May 14, 2013 DVD release and believe it or not, there are some goodies to beheld:

Texas Chainsaw (2013) DVD special features include:

  • Fantastic audio commentary with producer Carl Mazzocone and filmmaker Tobe Hooper, discussing all there is to know about what it took to make this film happen.
  • Special “Chainsaw Alumni” commentary with the original “Texas Chainsaw” cast members Bill MoseleyGunnar HansenMarilyn Burns and John Dugan.
  • Texas Chainsaw Legacy featurette. Take a look back at the history and 40+ year leacy of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series with filmmaker Tobe Hooper.
  • Resurrecting The Saw featurette is a look into the development of “Texas Chainsaw” with dir. John Luessenhop, producer Carl Mazzocone and writers Adam MarcusDebra SullivanKristen Elms and Stephen Susco.
  • The Old Homestead featurette is a detailed look at the re-creation of the shooting location from the original “Texas Chainsaw” film with production designer William A. Elliott and cast members from the “Chainsaw Alumni) Bill MoseleyGunnar HansenMarilyn Burns and John Dugan.
  • Casting Terror featurette features interviews with the cast of the film including Alexandra DaddarioTrey SongzTania ReynoldsKeram Malicki-SanchezScott Eastwood, Sean Sipos and many others.
  • Leatherface 2013 featurette is an interview with “Leatherface” actor Dan Yeager on his interpretation of this legendary role, along with a look at the creation of his costume, mask, and signature chainsaw.
  • Lights, Camera, Mayhem featurette is a look at the film’s 3D photography with the Director of Photography Anastas Michos along with a look at the creation of several sequences from the film.
  • It’s in the Meat featurette is a detailed look at the film’s grisly special make-up effects with Make Up Effects Supervisor Robert Kurtzman, and Make-Up Artists Alex Diaz and Mike McCarthy.
  • On-set Short Subjects: Five Minute Massacres:  “Burning Down The House,” “Trapped in the Van,” “Carnival Time,” “Leatherface In Action,” “Hot Times in Louisiana,” and “Bloody Good Times.”
  • Including the DVD + Digital copy + UltraViolet

Artwork & Supplementary Materials courtesy © 2013 Lionsgate Home Ent. All Rights Reserved.

Texas Chainsaw (2013)
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor

Review Summary:

TEXAS CHAINSAW (2013) a young woman learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew--including the killer in the basement.

Sandy Hoffman
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