Texas Chainsaw 3D was released on Blu-Ray and dvd, yesterday (it’s already been available to dl via iTunes for 2 weeks.) Just watched it again, and wanted to recommend it to horror fans. Copious amounts of shit were lost over Cabin in the Woods, last year. I liked Cabin in the Woods, but thought it wildly oversold as a transformative, genre-redefining event. Found Texas Chainsaw to be more aggressive in radically altering genre conventions, and appreciated its audacity in assuming audiences would just go along with it.
The downside? By altering the series’ timeline, they’ve retconned Tobe Hooper’s brilliant original sequel, and perhaps the funniest black comedy ever filmed, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 out of existence (not really, though. It’s not like the blu-rays of it evaporated, or anything.) In doing so, however, they have opened up the possibility of one of my childhood theories becoming cannon:
Leatherface drifted out of Texas for awhile, dazed and alone, after his home and family were burned down, ultimately ending up in coastal Oregon. Chained up in a basement, he served as a human garbage/evidence disposal for the criminal family that imprisoned him, until befriending a group of outsider children.
After an epic and heart-warming adventure with them, leading to the discovery of a massive pirate treasure, he ultimately reverted to form; killing and eating all the children. Leatherface then returned to Texas with all the gold he could carry (which totally explains the Addams Family-esque mansion upgrade in the new film.)