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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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The terror begins the second it starts. See more »

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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:

$3,296,000, 14 January 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$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

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 »

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Towards the beginning of the film, a character says they're about "three hours from Houston" while in a very arid desert. There are no deserts within a three hour radius from Houston, which is instead surrounded by thick piney woodlands, flat farmland, and the Gulf Of Mexico to the south. The closest desert to Houston is nearly 10 hours west of the city. See more »

Quotes

Tex: Whaddaya think to our little lady?
Tinker: ...Uncertain. Looks like she might get all screamy on us Eddie.
Tex: [Slams meat cleaver on table] I wish you'd call me Tex. I told you.
Tinker: Oh I'm sorry boy. Goddamit, I'm sorry... how'd you like to do us the honor of plugging that whore up?
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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 »

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"The trap is sprung now!"
5 August 2013 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

Review based on the unrated version.

A college-aged couple, delivery driving a car from California to Florida, are sidetracked by a police investigation of a body pit found at a construction site in the Texas countryside. (Camera flashes, illuminating the corpses (in the unedited version, anyway) are a good reference to the first film) The next day, the couple have a bizarre experience with a psycho hick apparently killing a cowboy at a small gas station. While trying to get away and find help, they're detoured onto a side road ... and that's when the real fun begins.

An over-sized truck begins stalking them, then throws a dead animal at them. In the excitement, they drive off the road and puncture a tire. While changing the tire, a hulk with a chainsaw attacks them. Narrowly escaping him, they only end up nearly in a head-on collision with a weekend warrior.

The three of them eventually team up; the couple are just trying to live through the night, but the weekend warrior wants to go after our new friend with the chainsaw.

This has dialogue far superior to the original, and isn't as silly and over-the-top as the underrated Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. It's graphic, but it uses its gore and bloodshed almost as part of telling the story, as well as referencing the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (through camera angles, props, and bits of dialogue) without going so far as to rip off that film. The music score was surprisingly effective, and did not distract from the movie itself.

David Schow did a great job with this screenplay, for the most part, but film falls into the "undying killer" mode in its repetitive final third, where seemingly every character (Tex, Alfredo, Leatherface, Benny) returns from the dead for one last encore performance.

Unfortunately, the theatrical version of the movie was seemingly edited with a chainsaw, and released in a horribly truncated version, missing several minutes of footage and rendering much of the plot incoherent. Thankfully the unedited/ unrated version has been released on DVD.


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