Platinum Dunes’ remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre spearheaded a trend of slasher film reboots (including Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street) that permeated the Hollywood release schedule for nearly a decade, spawning several successful releases and a few less than desirable ones. Now that the flash-in-the-pan appeal of these reboots has (hopefully) passed, new production companies are trying to find ways to keep these classics alive for modern audiences.
The first in the next round of franchise films will be The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, a direct sequel to the 1974 original. With Takers director John Lussenhop now at the helm, Texas Chainsaw 3D plans to play on the nostalgia of the original, but also tell a story set several decades later.
A brief synopsis for the film suggested that series’ antagonist Leatherface might be traded for a mysterious killer or killers, but the newest poster confirms Leatherface is back, and he’s been busy. On the poster can be seen various different riffs on Leatherface’s iconic mask along with the tagline ‘Evil Wears Many Faces.’
The aforementioned 1974 film didn’t just place Leatherface at the center of its escalating tally of bodies, but used the entire Sawyer family as antagonists as well. This new tagline could be a reference to that idea, or it could mean that Leatherface has evolved, and no longer wears just one mask.
Those early plot details also suggested Lussenhop (Takers) was going for a more mystery/thriller vibe than an overt slasher one, but given the draw of these films that seemed rather unlikely. New protagonist Heather (Alexandra Daddario) does discover a mystery hidden within her newly inherited Texas mansion, but exactly what is still unknown.
Still paying homage to the original, could the Sawyer family have been hiding out – waiting for a chance to cause mayhem in rural Texas towns and Heather’s arrival (or the mystery in her mansion) somehow provides an opportunity? Of course, it’s the “many faces” line could also indicate that Leatherface has been hard at work all the these years.
And then there’s the added boost of 3D, something that the Texas Chainsaw films, and many other slashers, have been looking to adopt. A trailer has yet to be revealed, but audiences can expect plenty of gore and viscera to be flying their way, as well as at least one shot of a chainsaw coming towards the camera.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D is out in theaters on January 4, 2013.