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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D revs up an MPAA rating

This is unprecedented, shocking news. When you read it, I want you to immediately imagine the sound of a turntable’s needle scraping across a record abruptly. Then I want you to imagine your dog grunting at you and raising its ears questioningly. If you don’t have a dog, substitute the imagined animal of your choosing. Ready? Here we go…

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D has been rated R by the motion picture association of America for ”strong grisly violence and language throughout.”

Okay. Did that work? Were those interactive bad trailer cliché’s ironic enough? I hope so, because of course TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D will be garner an R-rating. I would hope so, anyway, what with the title, plot, and main antagonist who wears other people’s faces as a skin mask. I’ll admit that I’m a bit surprised there’s no sex/nudity in the film, but the franchise isn’t exactly known for the softcore stuff anyway.

Based on the synopsis (below), the film seems to be a sequel to original 1974 film, ignoring the timeline established in the Platinum Dunes remake . CHAINSAW 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (also below), Dan Yeager, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Thom Barry, and Richard Riehle along with returning CHAINSAW veterans Bill Moseley, John Dugan, Marilyn Burns and Gunnar Hansen. John Luessenhop directs from a script by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Kristen Elms and Stephen Susco. The film opens January 4th.

Twenty years ago, the town of Newt, Texas exacted vengeance on the Sawyer family for their role in assisting and concealing murders committed by the chainsaw-wielding maniac Jeb Sawyer, aka "Leatherface." The entire family was presume killed when Burt Hartman led the townspeople to burn down their farm house, but the Sawyer infant survived and was secretly taken away by two of the vigilante townies, Gavin and Arlene, and raised their daughter Heather. It's not until she's in her twenties that Heather learns that she's adopted. A lawyer for her grandmother tracks her down with word she's been left an inheritance. Angry at her parents for lying to her, she sets out for Texas on a road trip with her boyfriend Ryan, friends Nikki and Kenny, and Darryl, a hitchhiker they pick up on the way.

Extra Tidbit: The film’s collective of screenwriters also had individual hands in THE GRUDGE remake, JASON GOES TO HELL, and the upcoming CABIN FEVER sequel.

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