In yet another odd turn for horror, John Luessenhop’s 3D “direct sequel” to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre will cleverly be titled Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and apparently will forget everything about the series thus far. And I’m not talking just about the unnecessary (albeit well done) remake, or the equally unneeded sequel to that remake. I also mean they’ll be ignoring the best film in the series, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. Despite this, DreadCentral.com is reporting series stand-out and all around great guy Bill Moseley will be returning to the franchise to play a character named Drayton.
According to DreadCentral.com, this is more of a mystery movie, and it will take place during the trial of the Sawyer family, who have been given a fair trial by Sheriff Hooper, who is quickly undermined by a tough town mayor who has gathered a mob to dish out their own brand of justice should the killers walk free.
Early script reports are detailing it as a mystery film more than anything, and this could be an interesting new direction for the Texas films, even though the original already has what can only be described as an insanely good sequel to begin with. For those scratching their heads, ReelzChannel.com is reporting that Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D will release October 5th, 2012, a mere 3 weeks before Halloween 3D is set to hit theaters.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as things progress, but die hard fans of the original series are sure to be upset over this one, as I really can’t think of a more superfluous sequel. Of course, audiences will watch it though, and these days, that’s sadly the bottom line for horror: “Can it make money?” Never mind the fact that the project has no less than four hack writers already attached (one fiend is responsible for multiple The Grudge movies, another for a schlocky Val Kilmer movie, another for the worst Jason Voorhees film ever, and last but not least, the woman responsible for Banshee) and is unnecessary from the outset, the question remains: Will it say something fresh about the characters? We shall see…