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Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) Poster

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Kane Hodder - whose best-known role is that of another horror icon, Jason Voorhees - was the stunt coordinator for this movie. He was also R.A. Mihailoff's stunt double and played Leatherface in the trailer.
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Director Jeff Burr was fired at the beginning of production. When nobody else accepted the job, he was rehired.
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Film trailer was done before they even had a director and before the production started.
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Caroline Williams reprises her role as Stretch from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) in a cameo as a news reporter. Director Jeff Burr said he imagined Stretch becoming a reporter following the trauma she experienced in the second movie in an attempt to hunt down Leatherface.
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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.
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Tom Savini was offered the job of directing this film.
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Submitted 11 times to the MPAA. On each submission, more and more footage was cut out, some of which was lost forever.
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There was also supposed to be a brutal "unmasking" scene, which would reveal Leatherface as horribly disfigured. That scene was scrapped (despite an obvious buildup during the opening credits) and saved because New Line wanted to use it in the next sequel, which never materialised. It was eventually used in the remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).
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The ranch where most of the filming was done is so close to the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park that director Jeff Burr swears you can hear screams from the rollercoaster during some takes.
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Director Jeff Burr wanted to shoot the film in Texas using 16 mm film just like the original, but New Line rejected the idea because they had already built the house in California.
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The house from this movie was also used in Alice Cooper's "House of Fire" music video.
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New Line picked up the rights to the series, hoping that if successful, Leatherface would replace their soon to be completed "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series. The box-office disappointment of this film caused New Line to let their option on the material expire.
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This was the final movie to be given an "X" certificate by the MPAA before the rating was replaced with "NC-17".
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Property master Paul Byers designed the chromium Excalibur chainsaws for the film and was paid $3,000 for each.
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Three chainsaws were used for the movie, each of which had a plastic dummy replica.
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The chainsaw in the movie weighed approximately 80 pounds.
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The opening scene, in which Leatherface creates his new flesh mask, is a homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Freddy is seen creating his razor-blade glove in the opening scene of NOES. This is due to New Line Cinema making TCM III after obtaining the rights to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre title and characters.
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Leatherface is never referred to as Leatherface he's always referred to by his family simply as "Junior".
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Among others, one of New Line's first choices for director was Peter Jackson.
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Tobe Hooper, director of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), was originally going to be involved in the film. He had submitted a treatment to New Line execs, but bowed out of the project due to scheduling conflicts concerning his film Spontaneous Combustion (1990).
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The only Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie not filmed in Texas (it was filmed outside Los Angeles, California). Farmhouse and gas station were sets built for the film.
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Director Jeff Burr wanted Gunnar Hansen to return to the role of Leatherface, but neither party could come to an agreement on salary. Burr eventually settled on R.A. Mihailoff.
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In the teaser trailer, Leatherface is portrayed by actor/stuntman Kane Hodder, who would eventually be the stunt co-ordinator and R.A. Mihailoff's (Leatherface) stunt double for the movie itself. This isn't Hodder's first time playing an iconic horror villain; he played Jason Voorhees from 1988 to 2001, and even donned Freddy Krueger's iconic bladed glove for a scene in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993).
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The armadillo hit by Michelle and the coyote thrown on the Mercedes both have earrings, the same as worn by Tinker.
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The song that plays when Leatherface jumps in his pickup truck and bears down on his victims in the pond is "Bored" by San Francisco thrashers, Death Angel.
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When Tex points out that the road map was printed in 1973, this is a reference to the first film, which was filmed in and is based on events that supposedly took place in summer 1973.
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Jon Hess lobbied to direct the movie, but New Line felt his ideas were too dark and gruesome.
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Originally slated for a November 3rd, 1989 release, the release date was soon pushed to January 12th of the following year.
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There was actually a series of forest fires in Valencia, California, during filming. This prompted the crew to scramble and work hard to get the burnt forest out of the shots during filming. They even went to the extreme of not lighting the background so that the burnt-out trees would not be visible.
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Tinkers truck is a 1959 Ford F series.
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Michelle and Ryan's car is a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL [W108].
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Leatherface's speaking toy is a PC Pal, made by Texas Instruments.
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Opening at number 11 in the box office chart on its first weekend, it dropped a mighty 56.2% in its second.
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Leatherfaces chainsaw is a Stihl 066 magnum. This saw was built and cromed out by a dealer in Ca. It had a custom built 36" bar. these saws were built from 1987 to 1996.
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William Butler and Jennifer Banko were both in Friday The 13th 7: The New Blood.
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William Butler was in the remake of The Night of the Living Dead (1990), Ken Foree was in the sequel to the original 1968 classic Dawn of the Dead (1978).
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Ken Foree was in Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007). Duane Whitaker and Caroline Williams were both in Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 (2009).
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Initially refused any classification by the British Board of Film Censors, thereby killing off any prospects of a cinematic release. It has since been reclassified to 18 for home video and DVD release.
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R.A. Milhailoff is the first left-handed actor to portray Leatherface.
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William Butler (Ryan) was in Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood (1988) in which his character gets killed by Jason Voorhees, Joe Unger was in the original Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) in which he played a small role as a cop both Freddy and Jason would come together in Freddy vs Jason (2003).
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The poorest performing film in the series up until the release of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It was decided that Ken Foree's character should live after he gained high favorable responses during early test screenings. The new ending was subsequently shot, in which somehow Ken pops up in the final scene, with a tiny flesh wound on his head (even though we all saw him get torn apart in the finale).
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While filming the fight scene between Benny and Tex at the truck, Ken Foree accidentally broke Viggo Mortensen's ribs. The shot was seemingly left in the movie (you can see Mortensen suddenly clutch after being thrown to the ground).
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Originally, Benny and Leatherface both succumbed to their injuries at the end of the movie, but New Line decided to shoot a new ending with editor Michael N. Knue in which both characters survive. Jeff Burr was very surprised when he saw the movie in the cinema for the first time; the new ending was shot without his knowledge.
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Ken Foree has an ending similar to his character in "Dawn of the Dead", the only survivor along with a white girl whose partner was killed by the threat.
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