Texas Chainsaw 3D

  • Review Date: January 5, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dumb characters, lots of gore, in seventh Chainsaw movie.
  • Review Date: January 5, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Rather late in the movie, there's a vague message about families sticking together, though what this means other than defending against violence is not clear. The movie frowns on vigilante violence but seems to be OK with revenge.

Positive role models

The movie is populated with dumb people who routinely make poor decisions based on revenge, selfishness, and/or ignorance.

Violence

Heavy gore and gallons of blood throughout, all intensified by the 3-D presentation. Characters suffer from face-bashings, severed necks, meat hooks, severed torsos, severed fingers, and other slashings/stabbings. One character falls into a giant grinder in a slaughterhouse. The main female character is thrown around quite a bit; her head gets whacked on a table, and she's smacked around, dragged, and tied up. A woman is kicked in the face. Shooting and guns, and a house full of people is burned down. Some of the most violent moments from the original film are shown in flashback during the opening credits.

Sex

The main character's partial breast is shown. A young man and woman kiss and begin to make love but are interrupted (no nudity shown). The same young man and a different woman flirt and later appear to have been interrupted during sex (they emerge from a building half-clothed). One young woman is shown in a red bra and panties. Two young women wear sexy, skimpy, revealing clothing throughout. Some innuendo.

Language

Very strong language includes many uses of "f--k" in various forms (including some in song lyrics), plus "s--t," "c--t," "goddamn," "oh my God," "hell," "bitch," and "ass," plus a use of "Jesus Christ."

Consumerism

Apple iPhones are used during one sequence, but they're not referred to by brand name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The main characters -- in their 20s -- are shown toasting with champagne in one scene, though they don't get drunk. One of the main characters is seen smoking something unseen (it could be a cigarette or pot). Minor characters drink beer and other alcoholic beverages from time to time.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Texas Chainsaw 3D is the seventh film in the famous horror/slasher franchise that began with the 1974 drive-in classic. This one is no classic, though, like the rest of the franchise, it does have tons of blood and gore (which is intensified when seen in 3-D). Several characters are injured and/or killed in various nasty ways, body parts are severed, and heads are bashed. The female main character is treated roughly during certain scenes. Sexual content is heavily suggested but barely shown. Male and female characters are shown half-naked or in underwear (one partial breast is seen), and they're definitely thinking and talking about sex. Language is very strong, with "f--k" and "s--t" used throughout, plus one use of "c--t." Apple iPhones are used as a big part of one scene. There's some drinking and smoking, but it's not blatant, and the characters are of age. Teen gorehounds (and fans of musician Trey Songz) will likely want to check this out, but it's bound for a short shelf life.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Immediately following the events of the 1974 movie, a band of local vigilantes burns down the Sawyer farm, and a baby is secretly rescued from the scene. Years later, the grown-up Heather (Alexandra Daddario) works as a butcher in a supermarket. She learns that her blood grandmother has died and left her a mansion and decides to take some friends to see it. Unfortunately, a hitchhiker decides to ransack the place and accidentally unleashes Leatherface (Dan Yeager), who has quietly been living in the basement. Leatherface goes on a rampage, while Heather learns the terrible secret of what really happened on that day all those years ago.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D starts with some good ideas -- such as following immediately on the trail of the original classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and introducing the main character as Leatherface's cousin. The movie touches slightly on the idea of families looking out for one another, which makes for an interesting dynamic toward the end. Unfortunately, the bulk of the movie is just another slasher flick, albeit a non-supernatural one.

Characters usually suffer their terrible fates through blatant stupidity, such as trusting the mysterious hitchhiker alone in a house full of valuables. They rarely behave in an even remotely logical manner -- for example, there's a scene in which a cop explores the Sawyer mansion alone. Director John Luessenhop shoots cleanly in order to capitalize on the 3-D effects, but there's nothing particularly scary or even imaginative here. Overall, it's better than some of the entries in this series but nowhere near as powerful as the first.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Texas Chainsaw 3D's violence. Do the gore and blood seem excessive for the genre? Are they necessary to the story? What impact does it have on you?

  • What's the appeal of horror movies in general and slasher movies in particular? Why has the Texas Chainsaw series lasted so long?

  • Who is the villain in this movie? Is it Leatherface, or are regular people to blame for these events? Or is it more of a gray area? Do horror movies have to have obvious villains?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 4, 2013
DVD release date:May 14, 2013
Cast:Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Thom Barry, Trey Songz
Director:John Luessenhop
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Horror
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong grisly violence and language throughout

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Written byAnonymous March 24, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

I say Hard R/ NC-17 Because of the Violence.

Not for Kids: A Lot of Violence (Off). Hard R/ NC-17. How ever sex has Innuendo (Pause). A lot of bad Language (Off). Consumerism: (Pause) An iPhone is Used. A Lot of Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking. (Off).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written bycoolj825 January 12, 2013
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

gorey horror flick for horror junkeys

this might be the most gorey movie i have scene. This movie has a decent plot but you cant even think about the plot with all of the intence slow killing. If you are a fan of horror movies and can stomach intence gore i recomend this movies for you.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written bydsmith59 January 5, 2013
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Older Teenagers

I loved the Texas Chainsaw movies when I was younger, but I found this one disappointing. So did my 16 year old son. We are horror movie buffs, and he had seen both the 70s version and the 2003 version. He did find this movie scary, but was annoyed by the fact that the year the movie took place in was never revealed. I definitely would not bring my 14 year old to this movie, although she has seen the others she is a scaredy-cat and would not have been capable of handeling the mature subject matter.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byTeenMovieExpert January 6, 2013
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Texas Chainsaw 3D: Decent

I thought it was a very good movie, but the characters are a bit shallow. The story is a bit bad, but it is very entertaining and full of scary moments. During the movie, there are many frightening moments and very grotesque scenes. There is some smoking in the movie. Language is an issue, but there is not as much as the rating would suggest. I would personally recommend it, but it is not for everyone.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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