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LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III

LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III REVIEWED

“Leatherface” is a mess, but it didn’t have to be that way. The road to Texas Chainsaw Massacre III began when New Line bought the franchise rights away from The Cannon Group. The house that Freddy built was desperate to have more horror franchises going while Elm Street was not in theaters. So, a quickie Texas Chainsaw Massacre film sounded cool. Unfortunately, director troubles and pushing the production to California soured the film. If you listen closely, you can hear the screams of rollercoaster riders from the nearby Magic Mountain. That’s right, guys. They shot the film within walking distance of a theme park.

The rest of the film suffers due to the cheapness of the production and the forced cuts to evade the X rating. Ken Foree works his ass off to cover up for the lesser Sawyer Family outing. Unfortunately, his arc was destroyed in the ratings board edits. Foree’s survivalist character was meant to sacrifice himself to save the victim family. Now, he kinda survives in a matter that stretches the suspension of disbelief.

Also, I appreciate the holy hell out of Warner Brothers for cleaning up this Archive release. The transfer is pretty strong, except for the digital blur in some night scenes towards the end of the film. Obvious clean-up is obvious, but quality control should’ve caught it. Regardless, it’s still a fine release.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Trailers

A/V STATS

  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 2/13/18

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  1. Timothy Carr March 4, 2018

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