Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D (18)

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In 1974, director Tobe Hooper gave birth to a memorable big screen bogeyman – Leatherface – with the release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The film fell foul of British censors and was banned for more than 20 years, supposedly as a result of the sustained terror inflicted on the pretty heroine.

Given the picture’s notoriety, a cult following was guaranteed. Sequels, prequels and remakes have followed but the original film remains a classic of the horror canon.

Director John Luessenhop attempts to reinvigorate the franchise with this lacklustre and gory instalment that begins directly after the events of the original.

Texas Chainsaw 3D is a pointless addendum to the Leatherface mythology, essentially regurgitating the original film while simultaneously sowing the seeds of further sequels.

Some of the performances are embarrassingly wooden – while death sequences are predictable.

The script doesn’t develop supporting characters before they are scythed in half.