- Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Bill Moseley, Elena Sanchez, Richard Riehle, Shaun Sipos, Dan Yeager, Gunnar Hansen, Trey Songz, Thom Barry, Dodie Brown, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, James MacDonald, Marilyn Burns, Ritchie Montgomery, Paul Rae, Sue Rock, Amanda Dyar, Kari J. Kramer, Sarah Dandashy, Scott A. Martin, David Born, Shawn Shultz, Sam McKinzie, Veleka Gray, Pamela Van Zandt, Parker June Spaulding
- Director: John Luessenhop
- Writers: Kirsten Elms, Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper, Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Stephen Susco
- Producer: Carl Mazzocone
- Associate Producer: T. Justin Ross
- Executive Producers: Avi Lerner, Mark Burg, Michael Paseornek, Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan, Danny Dimbort, John Thompson, Trevor Short, Tobe Hooper, Rene Besson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Robert Kuhn, Kim Hen
- Casting: Ferne Cassel
- Costume Design: Mary E. McLeod
- D.O.P.: Anastas N. Michos
- Editor: Randy Bricker
- Makeup: Robert Kurtzman
- Music: John Frizzell
- Production Design: William A. Elliott
The film continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible.
Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.
Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong grisly violence and language throughout
- Production Budget: $8 million
- Production Companies: Lionsgate, Mainline Pictures, Millennium Films, Nu Image Films
- Production Schedule: 28 June 2011 - 25 August 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "While "Halloween 3D" died on the vine, this part reboot/part sequel installment in the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise was already shot back in mid-2011. The question fans have been asking though is where exactly this, the seventh film to bear the TCM name, fits into the continuity of the franchise.
Platinum Dunes produced both the 2003 remake starring Jessica Biel and its 2006 prequel starring Matt Bomer. After talks with Dunes fell apart, "Saw" producers Twisted Pictures snapped up the rights to film series in late 2009. The deal called for multiple films which they will release through Lionsgate, meaning this very much serves as a potential franchise launcher.
As a result this will ignore the events of the two Platinum Dunes films, but it will NOT be either a straight-up reboot or a remake. Instead what we have is a movie that essentially slots in between the original 1974 independent film and its blackly comic 1986 follow-up "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2".
In this outing, a young woman named Heather travels to Texas with her friends to collect an inheritance. Said bequest is a mansion from a grandmother she never knew she had, and one where chainsaw-yielding killer Leatherface is residing. Stars from the original franchise, including Gunnar Hansen (Leatheface), Marilyn Burns (Sally) and Bill Moseley (Chop Top), make cameos in this alongside a bunch of unknowns who'll no doubt become fodder.
The first trailer launched in September and showed a less stylised and obviously lower budgeted take than the Dunes-produced movies. Leatherface himself wasn't a deformed monster but rather a middle-aged hick with a mask. Certainly it was an underwhelming piece compared with the masterful previews for Dunes' 2003 remake which ultimately proved not too shabby at the time (the 2006 follow-up though was atrocious).
As it is Twisted Pictures and they know there's several films in the works, one expects they will bring certain hallmarks of the "Saw" franchise to the table. Not just a lot of gore and torture porn antics, but likely some convoluted plotting and left field character twists like the main girl becoming Leatherface's accomplice or something equally ludicrous."