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While a film called “Texas Chainsaw 3D” was never going to be up for any Academy Awards, what you get out the of the new sequel to Leatherface’s original “Massacre” depends on what frame of mind you go into it with.

Critics are split on how well the three-dimensional slaughter fest plays, even with the right expectations. Some appreciated the twist near the end, but others were simply unimpressed. Read on to find out what the critics are saying about “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

The Story

“Heather (Alexandra Daddario) finds out that she’s not only adopted, but the sole heir to an estate in small-town Texas, so she rounds up her boyfriend (rapper Trey Songz) and two of their pals (Tania Raymonde, Keram Malicki-Sánchez) to make a road trip and sign all the necessary papers. The place turns out to be a grand old house, quite isolated and ideal for smoking, drinking, screwing, listening to Trey Songz songs, occupied only by a certain hulking maniac way down in the basement.” — William Goss,

Alexandra Daddario

“Truth be told, I enjoyed taking the ride along with the lovely Ms. Daddario who is a perfectly satisfying scream queen. She makes a fun little transition as the film progresses, which is enjoyable to watch, even if it is beyond any honest to goodness logic.” — JimmyO, JoBlo

The Continuity

” ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ is being promoted as the true sequel to the original film, which is amusing given Tobe Hooper’s own ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2’ already could make that claim, and the third and fourth films also kinda/sorta could be seen as sequels to the original – with each installment doing what this new film does, and ignoring any other previous sequels. But OK, let’s wipe the slate clean and consider this the latest in a line of seemingly never-ending ‘Chainsaw Massacre’ alternate realities at this point, like something out of Marvel Comics. And certainly, if you’re a fan of the original ‘Chainsaw,’ it is pretty cool to see footage from that film in the opening credits and to get a look at what happened right afterwards for the first time.” — Eric Goldman, IGN

The Final Word

“I’m not 100% certain the ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ creators intended this moral dissonance (they’d have probably pushed the ‘Frankenstein’ angle more,) but it is a welcome distraction from the rote horror film that plays out. Other than one nightmarish sequence of a van defeated by a closed gate, the rest of the movie is absolutely by-the-numbers. For the intended audience, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” — Jordan Hoffman,Screen Crush

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