Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Texas Chainsaw 3D Rips Home On May 14

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They make and remake Night of the Living Dead movies on a regular basis.  The original, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead and on and on … it’s a long list, but you get the picture.   

Now comes the next rendition of director Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horrific tale of chainsaws and cannibals, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.   Texas Chainsaw 3D is, by our count, the seventh time that Texas, chainsaws and grisly killing sprees have been visited and revisited — tough to let go of that combination. 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has targeted May 14 as the street date for both a 3D/2D Blu-ray edition and a stand-alone DVD SKU.

The ARR is 130 days and the box office haul was $34.3 million.

Think about it.   Didn’t your skin just crawl when Tony Montana (Al Pacino) was about to get sliced and diced in that bathroom in Scarface.   That didn’t even include the Texas part of the equation … chainsaws and grisly killing sprees just naturally go hand in hand.  Throw in Leatherface and turn up the volume and you are there!

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Director John Luessenhop, who previously gave us Takers and Lockdown, revives the series with a return to the storyline of the original film (more or less).   In doing so, if you accept the clever twists and turns that he and scripters Kirsten Elms, Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell) and Debra Sullivan throw your way (just think along the line of genetics), it would come as no surprise if this edition spawned a sequel of its own (sorry, no giving away the ending, but it’s all there for the taking).  

Also, be sure to look for the little homages to Hooper’s original film — they are peppered throughout (what’s that sheriff’s name again … who are those familiar faces?).   

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The moment of truth for Alexandra Daddario
At the center of our little road trip to hell is Heather (Alexandra Daddario — Hall Pass, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, etc.), who talks some of her friends (and a hitchhiker that they pick up along the way) into going with her to check out the property that she has inherited.   What she finds there will certainly “change” her outlook on life!

Bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD editions include two commentary options, seven featurettes and a little ditty titled “On-Set Short Subjects: Five Minute Massacres” (six in all). 

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