Texas Chainsaw Massacre Month. As is apparent
in the structuring of its title, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III is
more concerned with building a franchise out of its titular villain
than it is crafting a continuous chapter in Chainsaw
lore, and the resulting film struggles to find balance between being
both a remake and a sequel to Tobe Hooper's original.
Admirers of the first film will have no trouble spotting the twists
and turns of David Schow's script, which treats Hooper's original
screenplay like a road map, stopping at all the familiar spots along
the way to a dissatisfying conclusion. To his credit, director Jeff
Burr tries to inject his been-there-killed-that film with copious
gore expected of a movie with Texas
Chainsaw Massacre in
its title (ironic since the original film had little red stuff to
show), but New
Line Cinema's vigorous
cuts prevent the film even from being enjoyed on a primitive level.
What's left is a gutted, castrated version of the original Texas
Chain Saw Massacre.