Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

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A California couple and a survivalist encounter the cannibal family.



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A couple encounters a perverted gas station attendant who threatens them with a shotgun. They take a deserted path in Texas to seek help, but only meet up with a cannibalistic clan interested in helping themselves to fresh meat. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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12 January 1990 (USA)  »

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The original script was much more brutal with explicit gore sequences. The producers objected to many of the scenes (one of which had a nude man being split down the middle while hung upside down) and demanded extensive changes to the script to reduce gore and violence. Further cuts had to be made to avoid an X-rating after the film was finished. See more »


In all of the early video editions, at the very end of the movie when Michelle closes the truck door after Benny gets in, the sound of the door slamming shut is heard before the door actually closes. This has been corrected in the recently reissued version however. See more »


Alfredo: [after peeping on Michelle in the bathroom] She likes it. She likes it just fine. Just ask her!
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Alfredo: You shut the fuck up, motherfucker. This is my place! I'll do whatever I want here in my place!
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Another fun, though lesser sequel is a baby step up from part 2
11 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well here we are in the land of chainsaw-wielding lunatics again folks! No longer in the hands of the original creators, this was a new leap for the series. Unfortunately by this point times had changed for horror films and the MPAA was cracking down on the violence in them. This film was target and suffered greatly. It ended up different from the vision of writer David Schow and director Jeff Burr and the closest we've ever gotten to what they intended to make is an Un-rated version. This isn't saying much though since this version is only slightly longer than the R-rated one. Does this mean the film is no good? Not at all. In fact, this second sequel is in some ways better than part 2 and so far is the best of the sequels.

Pros: Nice work by the cast. Solid musical score, plus a cool Heavy Metal tune over the closing credits. Stunning photography. Briskly-paced. Some good chilling moments. Though closer in tone to the original, this film has some good twisted humor. Fair amount of blood and gore. Good job on the make-up and special effects. Nail-biting last few minutes.

Cons: Brings nothing new to the table. Lacks the raw terror of the original. Not much plot. Unnecessary set-up for another sequel.

Final thoughts: By the time this film came out the slasher genre had run out of steam, but this still managed to be a solid film and sequel. It's still no match for the original, but it's not a washout either. Despite the cuts and changes made, an above average horror film still shines through.

My rating: 3.5/5

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