Last year, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ took that classic kids-alone-in-a-remote-house-for-the-weekend set-up and created something fresh and exciting. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of Texas Chainsaw 3D . . .
Whereas Cabin did something truly subversive and engaging, Texas Chainsaw just doesn’t. Instead we’re left with horror cliché after horror cliché, dutifully following a well-trodden, and totally unforgettable, path.
However, the third act team-up that surprised absolutely nobody kind of worked and I actually rather enjoyed watching some particularly horrible townsfolk getting brutally squished to bits. I don’t even think it was due to any kind of sympathy built up to that point, it just seemed a bit more interesting than anything else before it.
Texas Chainsaw never feels cynical, just pretty stupid . . . kind of like Leatherface, really.