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What began 38 years ago as Tobe Hooper’s stark imagining of
an American nightmare has come full circle with TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, a direct
sequel to the original picture, this time helmed by John Luessenhop. Read on
for an new pic and on-set quotes.
Pictured below is heroine Heather Miller (BEREAVEMENT’s
Alexandra Daddario) on the run from the latest Leatherface (Dan Yeager) in
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, which arrives January 4 from Lionsgate and also stars LOST’s
Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, HATCHET’s Richard Riehle and Bill Moseley,
CHAINSAW 2’s Chop-Top now stepping into Jim Siedow’s shoes as Drayton Sawyer.
With throngs of voracious fans quick to dismiss certain sequels and remakes in
this franchise, it becomes apparent that Luessenhop knows and respects that he
is treading on (un)holy ground. “I’m a huge fan of what [Hooper] did,
particularly with the original,” Luessenhop tells Fango, “and it’s a bit
daunting to step into their footsteps. The last thing I wanted was a 1990s
horror movie. What I’ve tried to do is make a traditional horror film for the
first 60 minutes, which is what I think will keep you engaged. I’m trying to
give you enough time so that you can get to know the characters before they
reach the state of horror.” Despite the infernal heat on the Louisiana
location, Luessenhop remains composed and soft spoken, traits of a director
with a strong vision for the film being conceived.
In stark contrast, producer Carl Mazzocone (whose credits
range from Jennifer Lynch’s BOXING HELENA to the Moseley-featuring REPO! THE
GENETIC OPERA and THE TORTURED) comes across larger-than-life, almost relishing
the heat with an expression of merriment across his face. His opening remarks
are suddenly drowned out by a chainsaw screaming to life. “Now you’re on a
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE set! That’s called ‘warming up the saw,’ ” Mazzocone
beams. Comedic timing aside, he speaks of ushering TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D
into existence with a refreshing candor. “I thought [Hooper’s original] was
really amazing, and then the subsequent prequels, sequels and remakes were
never of the same ilk. I’m really proud of what we’re doing here, because I
think for the very first time, we’re taking Leatherface out of the little rural
house and we’re trying to introduce him into the public. The goal is really to
deliver the best 3D horror monster movie of modern day.”
For more on this sanguinary sequel, keep yer borrowed,
leathered eyelids open in anticipation of FANGORIA #319, on sale in December!
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