The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) – WTF Happened to this Horror Movie?

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III  (WATCH IT HERE) has always been one of the red-headed stepchildren of the TEXAS CHAINSAW series. As the first non-Tobe Hooper sequel, part three had the misfortune of not only being gutted by the MPAA but banned in most overseas countries. Critics and audience members hated it and it was widely agreed upon as a violent cash grab that didn't have the intensity of the original or the sequel's fun and vibrant campiness.

The intention for part three was to make an '80s type of bloodfest but in the vein of the first movie. Instead, it was cut to the bone, with New Line even re-shooting the ending behind the director's back. After its box office failure, LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III was dumped in the graveyard month of January, and New Line would eventually cut their losses and let the rights expire.

 In the latest episode of our WTF HAPPENED TO THIS HORROR MOVIE video series, we dig into the making of LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III to find out what exactly happened to this unloved sequel.

Directed by Jeff Burr from a screenplay by David J. Schow, the film centers on:

A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family.

This is what the WTF HAPPENED TO THIS HORROR MOVIE series is all about:

Hollywood has had its fair share of historically troubled productions. Whether it was casting changes, actor deaths, fired directors, in-production rewrites, constant delays, budget cuts or studio edits, these films had every intention to be a blockbuster, but were beset with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes huge hits, sometimes box office bombs. Either way, we have to ask: WTF Happened To This Horror Movie?Some previous episodes of the series can be seen below, and more can be found on our JoBlo Horror Videos channel!

Check out some previous episodes below, and be sure to check out our JoBlo Horror Videos channel!

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Lance Vlcek was raised in the aisles of Family Video in the south suburbs of Chicago. He's a fan of fun schlock like Friday The 13th Part 7 and Full Moon Entertainment but also loves genre classics like Evil Dead and Big Trouble In Little China. Lance does many things outside of genre consumption, with his favorites being his homemade Chicago pizza recipe, homemade rum, and video editing. He has four Sugar Gliders, a love for beach bars, and claims Brett Morgen's favorite Bowie album must be Changesonebowie based on his soulless documentary!