"Texas Chainsaw 3D" picks up the "story" where other recent massacres have left off.
"Chainsaw 3D" makes some effort to find a reason for Heather, played by a stunning specimen of bare-midriffed beauty, Alexandra Daddario, to drag three of her 20-something friends to Newt, Texas.
She's a surviving member of the slaying Sawyer clan, the inbreds who gave birth to and protected the hulking monster Leatherface. A brief opening sums up the "end" of the Sawyers, the lynch mob that rightfully burned them all to a Texas BBQ crisp.
1 stars = Awful
R for strong grisly violence and language throughout.
Heather inherits Granny's estate and is urged by the old woman's lawyer to "READ Verna's letter" to her. Heather doesn't, and everybody pays the price.
"Chainsaw" then gets down to the bloody business at hand -- chainsawing. It's all about that farm implement, the menacing sound of it as Leatherface chases these fit and trim young folk (Tania Raymonde, Trey Songz, Keram Malicki-Sanchez and Shaun Sipos as "the handsome hitchhiker"), who always find something to trip over.
In the decades since Tobe Hooper's genuinely shocking original film, loosely based on the murderous rampage of non-Texan Ed Gein, these movies have devolved into simple, stupid splatter-fests.