Texas Chainsaw 3D

Daddario Pitch

Hollywood kicks off the new year in movies this Friday with the release of Texas Chainsaw 3D. The horror sequel stars 26-year-old actress Alexandra Daddario in her first major studio lead role, a gig that came a decade into a career that began with a regular stint on the soap opera All My Children. Since then she played many supporting parts on the big and small screen (as well as on the web) before landing the job playing Annabeth Chase, one of the main demigod characters of the Percy Jackson movies (the second of which opens in August). However, Texas Chainsaw 3D actually marks her second time playing the lead in a slasher film, the first being in the indie flick Bereavement, shot in 2007 but not released in theaters until last year. Even before that, Daddario appeared in a short film, as many young actors now do when starting out. And while she’s really only in Pitch for literally half a minute, I think it’s always interesting to see what actors were doing early on, in this case seven years ago. But I also thought I’d share this film because it deals with the movie business. Written and produced and co-starring Jason Fuchs (who co-wrote this year’s Ice Age: Continental Drift) and directed by Ian Gelfand (an associate producer on the great 2011 doc A Matter of Taste: Serving Up  Paul Liebrandt), the short is about two hotshot NYU film school grads (Fuchs and Another Earth‘s Robin Taylor) who try […]

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Texas Chainsaw 3D Trailer

There’s a certain segment of the filmgoing audience who’s going to go see every movie about a group of hard-partying young people who go out to a remote location to get sadistically slaughtered by hillbillies, no matter how many times the plot gets overdone, and no matter how many entries in this cookie-cutter genre end up being just plain bad. If you’re one of these people, then boy does the new trailer for Texas Chainsaw 3D look like it’s advertising a movie for you.  Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a movie franchise that’s already been sequalized, rebooted, and reborn into the ground, but it’s yet to have an entry presented in glorious three dimensions, so it seems the suits in charge have deemed that there’s still some life to be sucked from this old girl yet. From the look of things, Texas Chainsaw 3D seems to be telling a very simple story, that of partying young people and chainsaw wielding maniacs. But it also seems to be working in the same old aesthetic that’s responsible for all of these horror movie remakes being so forgettable. This movie looks glossily generic, and fails to capture any of the gritty grossness of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre that’s made it such an enduring horror favorite down through the decades.

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