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Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

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

Director:

Jeff Burr

Writers:

Kim Henkel (characters), Tobe Hooper (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kate Hodge ... Michelle
Ken Foree ... Benny
R.A. Mihailoff ... Leatherface
William Butler ... Ryan
Viggo Mortensen ... Tex
Joe Unger ... Tinker
Tom Everett ... Alfredo
Miriam Byrd-Nethery ... Mama
Jennifer Banko ... Little Girl
David Cloud David Cloud ... Scott
Beth DePatie Beth DePatie ... Gina
Toni Hudson ... Sara
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Checkpoint Officer
Ron Brooks ... T.V. Newsman
Duane Whitaker ... Kim (as Dwayne Whitaker)
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Storyline

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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He puts the teeth in terror See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leatherface See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,692,087, 14 January 1990

Gross USA:

$5,765,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,765,562
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nicolas Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(R-rated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Submitted 11 times to the MPAA. On each submission, more and more footage was cut out, some of which was lost forever. See more »

Goofs

At the climax, the chainsaw falls into a small lake/body pit and slowly begins to sink. First of all, the chainsaw's weight would have caused it to sink almost immediately, not slowly. Secondly, somehow the chainsaw continues running despite the fact that no one is giving it gas and it is partially submerged in water. See more »

Quotes

Tex: Come on sweetheart. Let's see what you got.
Benny: What the fuck is wrong with you people? Why don't you leave us alone?
Tex: We're hungry.
Benny: You never heard of pizza?
[swings at Tex and misses]
Tex: I like liver...
[punches Benny]
Tex: and onions...
[strangles Benny]
Tex: and pain! And pain! And pain!
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Alternate Versions

The laserdisc edition also presents the alternate ending and sledgehammer scene used for the roughcut and not included in the film itself. The ending is as follows: Benny is killed in the lake in a more graphic shot. A burnt Tex then grabs Michelle as she tries to leave, and she pushes him up against a trap, where he is impaled. Michelle then is caught by Leatherface and hits him in the head with the rock. After falling asleep by a tree, she staggers down the road the next day and is passed by a police car. Flagging it down, she stops when she sees the little girl in the backseat, laughing. Michelle begins to cackle and collapses in the road; the last shot is of a "Don't Mess with Texas" bumper sticker. This ending is very rough, edited from both film and videotape sources. At one point you can hear crewmembers talking in the background. A counter is barely visible in videotaped shots, almost entirely matted out by the lower black bar. The sledgehammer scene goes as follows: the little girl suddenly walks into the kitchen and begs Tex to let her kill Ryan. He agrees and boosts her up on the counter, where she grabs a metal ring hanging from the ceiling. On the count of three, she pulls and a sledgehammer flies towards Ryan's head (the impact is still offscreen). The girl then catches his blood in a mug as she did for Michelle and puts the mug on the table. This scene is shown unmatted and from a somewhat worse film element than the movie. The music used to introduce the girl also plays in the background here. See more »

Connections

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User Reviews

 
A serviceable conclusion to the "original trilogy"
2 July 2015 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

No matter how many sequels, reboots, spinoffs, or rehashes The Texas Chainsaw gets, none will compare to the original. That's a given. But there are some installments in Leatherface's interesting journey throughout the decades that are solid enjoyable movies on their own, such as the 2003 remake and this one. Here I feel like the campiness of TCM2 met the thrills of the original TCM in a healthy middle ground. There are some ridiculous one-liners, but they're placed fittingly unlike the second movie where the comedy felt forced and sloppy. The acting in the movie is above average too, with your standard "now famous but previously in a crappy horror sequel" actor to boot.

The main reason this is better than its predecessor is because it actually has suspense; not a lot of it but it's there. The creepy moments somewhat resemble scenes from the original but none of it feels rehashed. There are characters you can root for, and Leatherface is actually (kind of) scary again. There's also a satisfying climax, fit with heavy metal and cheesy lines that belong in a Marlon Wayans movie. It's just a fun popcorn horror movie with some gore, a couple thrills, and a decent amount of laughs. All in all, a movie is meant to entertain, and for the most part, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III did exactly that. Worth a watch for hardcore slasher fans.


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