Twisted Pictures Takes Control of Texas Chainsaw Massacre
by Ethan Anderton
October 9, 2009
Twisted Pictures, the production company behind the Saw franchise, is grabbing another series with a penchant for sharp, stabbing kills as Variety reports that they are taking control of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Twisted is apparently trying to partner with Lionsgate in this new venture in an effort to "contemporize" (which isn't even a word) the storyline for a (surprise!) 3-D film to be scripted by The Grudge writer Stephen Susco. And if you didn't think that one more horror remake was enough, buckle your seatbelts kids because this deal is looking to get pregnant with a few films in a new series! Oh, joy!
Platinum Dunes remade the original 1974 horror film back in 2003, and added on a prequel in 2006. Though they've had plenty of recent success with the recent Friday the 13th remake (which was surprisingly fun), and look to have a winner on their hands with their remake of Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, apparently talks fell through on a new director for Chainsaw. Maybe Twisted Pictures has some tricks up their sleeve, but I'm sure they sold their soul to the devil to keep the Saw series going this long, so it's doubtful. Next we'll hear about Leatherface vs Jigsaw and then there will be no turning back.
If there's one thing I hate about horror films (believe me there's much more than one thing) it's that they don't know when to quit. I don't really ever feel the need for a sequel to a horror movie, and I've rarely been caught off guard by a quality sequel in the horror genre. I'm just hoping that there's more horror as fresh as Paranormal Activity on its way. Horror needs a hero right now. He's gotta be strong, and he's gotta be fast, and he's gotta… not suck. Thoughts?
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Jimbone on Oct 9, 2009
and we all die a little more inside. i agree, Ethan - there's a good many horror franchises that have aimed towards numeral 10 in sequels. by that time, it's no longer a franchise, its a devalued and bad tasting brand - enjoyed by a dwindling band of pasty faced, screen glare ghouls thumbing through their dog-eared 'limited edition' collector's sets, limited because so few people would ever even consider buying it. it's classic to say that the original is always best, but i remember being so surprised at how unpleasant and effectively chilling the original, how unsettling, despite being so bereft of gore and so economical with the score. more than just a good horror movie, it's a brilliant film. but no. far better to make a rehashed McHorror sludgesicle - now with free* 3D glasses! * glasses and 3D presentation cost = $3
lumière on Oct 9, 2009
boooooooooooring. why don't this visionaries come up with their own horror icon or franchise. the only good texas chainsaws were the older ones. i'll flip through this on cable watch it for 5 minutes then change the channel.
subcelsious5g on Oct 9, 2009
Ethan, the SAW franchise is not known for stabbing kills. Not at all. I get the joke you're trying to make but it's inaccurate. Maybe the line should have been, "Twisted Pictures, the production company behind the Saw franchise, is grabbing a series with a penchant for sharp, stabbing kills." And even then, you can't stab with a chainsaw.
Otacon on Oct 9, 2009
It's Ethan, I gave up relying on him for proper reporting. Still unsure why Alex chose him, he's had nothing but complaints on the few reports I've read by him. Whatev... This news though is as #1 put it, things-we-saw-coming. It's sad, boring, and not needed. Twisted could come up with something cool, maybe. I actually enjoyed the new ones. I'm not sure why, but there was something to them. I'm not sure why we need a remake of a remake but whatev! Let's have at it. 3D is pointless but oh well, there is always 2D. I have more hope for this than Freddy and Jason. I feel like if I saw Nightmare, I'd cheer for Freddy and Jason...meh, those just always sucked. Funny, but sucked. Halloween was awesome 'cause of Jaime Lee Curtis but I only cared for the original.
Tra la la la la di da on Oct 9, 2009
Wow, someone took a sarcasm class. It's ok though, I'm in actual journalism and I've scanned through all your articles. See, there's this magic link when I click your name that brings up all your articles. Quality!? See, here's your lack of journalism. I've said my tastes very, I love the FD serious for crying out loud!!!! Simple for the creative thinking of how they kill people, but yeah. I've said that several times on here and other things that kind of "kill" out my opinion. But hey, I hope I do to.Writing freelance for a newspaper and covering weddings and events for people as a photographer, which has been a hobby for years and now my profession is ever so unsatisfying. Seriously, I hate it. I get paid hundreds of dollars to do what I love. Also, you're the one that's hired. If you want me to teach you English and proper writing techniques I can, 'cause I do that to. You know where to find me!
Tra la la la la di da on Oct 9, 2009
aww, 3D, I SAY DOWN WITH THE GIMMICK!
Xerxex on Oct 10, 2009
booooooring , want chainsaw action go to ace hardware.
subcelsious5g on Oct 11, 2009
These neverending horror franchises need to, well... END! It's our fault really, as long as we keep going to see them, they'll keep getting made.
SlashBeast on Oct 11, 2009
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake is awesome, they are soooo much better than the original. The acting in the original was so bad and leatherface was not one bit scary. As for saw, why does everyone complain about sequels, I'm so sick of it, if you don't like them don't watch them...god. Other people (like myself) see nothing wrong with them and like to see sequels of certain movies. Bring on Texas Chainsaw 3, 4, 5. Not in 3D though, I hate 3D.
Underworld on Oct 25, 2009
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