Carrying cultural relativism out to an extreme, to the point where a sadistic clan of murderous cannibals with a flair for outsider art are at least morally equivalent to fundamental institutions of Western Civ, Texas Chainsaw 3D is a slasher film with more on its mind than innovative kills and clever pop culture references (though it has both.) That’s either a selling point, or fatal flaw, depending on how you take your horror.
In terms of the radical, subversive quality to a few of the ideas embedded in its story, and its ultimate capacity to flaunt genre conventions, Texas Chainsaw makes Cabin in the Woods look about as edgy and incendiary as Matt Damon’s new durrr fracking is bad movie (…will never forgive Cabin in the Woods for going with another fucking zombie story, then teasing that it could’ve been the first big budget Hellraiser movie.) There’s a pretty dark underlying message here, even by stories about a guy who wears maks made out of other people’s faces standards. It’ll be fascinating to see how audiences respond.
Movie takes some artistic license with temporal mechanics (the story posits it’s been about 20 years since the events of the original, when in fact it’s closer to 40.) This really seems to bother some online reviewers, so if strict, literal continuity in horror movies is your thing, you’ve been warned. I actually first saw the original Chainsaw films on video in the early 90′s, so it worked for me.
The 3D is cool at times, but not necessary, and really wish they would’ve expanded on the opening sequence. Otherwise, quite liked it. Want to see it again. And even if you hate horror films, there are far worse ways to spend 90 minutes than watching Alexandra Daddario run.