Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

New Line was doing so well with Freddy that they thought that they could do the same with Leatherface, not realizing that while he’s the most out front member of the Sawyer Family, there is an entire brood to tell the stories about.

The final film to get an X before NC-17 was created, I will say that this movie brings the gore, even after the battle between the MPAA and New Line. I mean, the movie starts off with Leatherface taking off a woman’s face, so know what you’re getting into. Yet this was submitted eleven times for a review and most of the gore was lost; this was after the original script by David J. Schow (who also wrote the scripts for The CrowCritters 3 and 4 and many other movies) had a naked man being literally sliced into two pieces. I assume the MPAA had more issues with seeing a nude man than the gore.

Directror Jeff Burr got fired early in the film’s production, but when no one else wanted the job, he was back on. He’s already made another sequel, Stepfather II: Make Room for Daddy, and would also made Puppet Master 4 and 5 as well as Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings. He started his career with From A Whisper To a Scream and also directed The Werewolf Reborn!Frankenstein & the Werewolf Reborn! and Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy.

The original trailer for this might be better than the actual movie — that’s Kane Hodder as Leatherface! — but you can’t deny a movie that has Ken Foree and Viggo Mortensen in the cast. And hey — Caroline Williams shows up in a cameo as Stretch, now a reporter.

The problem with the Chainsaw sequels — actually, this goes for nearly any sequel to a major movie — is that the first two movies are wildly different takes on the form and really hard to outdo. At least Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation tries to do something really out there with the conspiracy theory wildness.

So what I’m saying is that after this, perhaps the movies aren’t as good. Probably they’re not good at all.

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