Retro Review: Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)


Not the best film of the series or any series for that matter.  I like it, but hey I am the same guy who hates the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and like the prequel to that, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.  The film serves as both a sequel and a reboot to the other two movies, as the original Sawyer family and apparently Leatherface died in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.  But in horror movies, anything goes and TCM III, works as kind of a reboot anyway, right?

The saw is family.  That was a great line from the first film, turned out to be the tagline for this film.  To me it is kind of catchy.  I watch these films sometimes and wonder, wow this family is huge and is everyone messed up?  Seems to be, but that is ok because it makes for entertaining films.  This is the third installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series and it is a little strange.  I mean more than usual.  Let me explain.


First of all, I thought Dennis Hopper and his arsenal of chainsaws in the second movies was nuts…Check out the image above and this long ass chainsaw blade…hmmm.

The movie is very bizarre and has a few familiar faces like a young Viggo Mortenson and not everyone knows Ken Foree, but you would remember him from Dawn of the Dead and Devils Rejects, oh and the Halloween crap remake.  Also in some of the stunt work scenes, Kane Hodder plays Leatherface, Kane Hodder is know for playing Jason Voorhees in a few Friday the 13th films.  I should not have to explain who Kane Hodder is to this group.

The film is both a sequel and a reboot to the previous movies, as the original Sawyer family and apparently Leatherface died in the previous film.  This is, I guess another bunch of Sawyers.  Same thing as all the others, right well a couple of people are traveling through Texas and they run into the Sawyer family along with that lovable ox, Leatherface.  Ken Foree is in this film, which for me, gives the movie some cool points, he is great.  He really was an underrated actor and still is to this day.  Foree gets to have a show down with the Leatherface, but does meet his demise or does he, it looks like he dies, but we see him at the end.  Ken Foree is a badass, so I bet he survives.

I do not want to go on about this, it is actually a pretty good film.  The thing I don’t like about it, it doesn’t really fit, but neither does the next film.  With the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series I guess you do not need continuity.  If I were you I would check it out if you can, it is entertaining and really messed up.  If I ranked the films, this would in fact be the third best of the series, it is different but the same and that is ok.  Check it out.  Also look for the trailer, it is very “King Arthur”

Remember, the Saw is family. rates this one at 5.1

I give it a rating of 6.0, not terrible.

Also check out the scariest film of the series, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation with Renee Zellwigger and Matthew McConaughey, it is awfully scary or just awful.  I did a Retro Review last week or 2 weeks ago.

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I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)