by Jason Barr Posted: November 12th, 2012 at 5:16 am
One of the actors I had the privilege of interviewing during my visit to the set of Texas Chainsaw 3D last August is Louisana’s own Paul Rae. While his name may not immediately standout to those in the peanut gallery, Rae’s previous work includes turns in a number of films including Joel Coen and Ethan Coen‘s True Grit remake and Oliver Stone‘s W. just to name a few.
During the interview, the ultra down-to-earth Rae discussed a number of topics including his excitement in playing a character that “nobody will like very much”, how he expects fans of the franchise to react to this latest iteration, how one of the scenes is “the most disturbing thing” he’s ever seen, and more. Check out the full interview after the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 20th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
In the spirit of the Halloween season, last night I watched The Cabin in the Woods again for the first time since catching it in theaters back in April. After a second viewing, my feelings on the film haven’t really changed. I love it. I love it with the passion of an army of “Mermen”. It’s just a brilliant blend of satire, horror and comedy and I’ll argue all day/all night with anyone who tells me differently (in all fairness, it’s okay if you don’t like the movie…you’re wrong, but it’s okay). If you’re like me and enjoy taking in horror classics around good ol’ All Hallows’ Eve, I ask that you do yourself a favor and include The Cabin in the Woods in your classic programming slate. You’ll either (A) love it or (B) have the opportunity to argue with me all day/all night. It’s a win-win.
With my Halloween viewing recommendation in hand, I’ll now present to you this week’s edition of our Top 5. In this week’s iteration is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, yours truly’s Texas Chainsaw 3D set visit, Wally Pfister using the words “appalling” and The Avengers in the same sentence and all hell breaking loose shortly thereafter, the first teaser trailer for director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake, and Hugo Weaving vs. Transformers. A brief recap and link to each patiently awaits your attention after the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 20th, 2012 at 8:31 am
Anytime you have the opportunity to sit down with Leatherface himself in full, bloody costume (save for the mask & chainsaw) on the set of a Texas Chainsaw movie it’s a pretty good day. That’s exactly the situation I found myself in last August while visiting the Louisiana set of Texas Chainsaw 3D. The man behind the mask, Dan Yeager, is physically imposing to say the least. Even now, I’m having a hard time believing that the clean cut guy pictured above is the same blood/dirt covered man I met over a year ago.
All of this in mind, Yeager was undoubtedly a great interview. Soft-spoken, eloquent, and personable, he is the antithesis of everything his chainsaw-wielding character embodies. During the sit down, Yeager covered a range of topics including how he initially landed the iconic role, the undeniable power associated with wearing the mask, the influence Gunnar Hansen‘s original performance has on his own, avoiding his fellow cast mates when the cameras aren’t rolling, and more. Hit the jump for the full interview.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 17th, 2012 at 10:03 am
I remember being completely mystified by Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a kid. Although now I can look back and really appreciate the timeless, unsettling aesthetic that he and his crew created in grueling conditions, with limited resources, at that point in time my interest was completely vested in one thing: Leatherface. Here was this crazy looking, chainsaw-wielding dude who was dispatching people in horrific ways and yet I couldn’t help but think to myself “Man, this guy’s life sucks…”. The sense of sympathy I had for him was something that I had never felt for other similarly iconic “monsters” (I’m looking at you, Jason, Michael, and Freddy). For me, the inexcusable sense of pity he evokes is what sets Leatherface and the Chainsaw franchise apart from others of its ilk. Conceived literally of blood and sweat, I see Hooper’s original as the great American horror film that never got the direct sequel that it probably didn’t need, but definitely deserved.
Enter director John Luessenhop’s (Takers) Texas Chainsaw 3D. While time and the final cut may eventually prove my inclination false, based on what I seen of the film from its Shreveport, Louisiana set on August 12th, 2011, I believe that January, 4th, 2013 could finally bring fans new and old a true sequel that is worthy of the Hooper’s original. My set visit recap, including 10 things to know about the film and an exclusive new image, awaits on the other side of the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 17th, 2012 at 10:03 am
In Texas Chainsaw 3D, Alexandra Daddario stars as Heather Miller, a young woman who unexpectedly learns that she has inherited a house/estate in Texas from a recently deceased grandmother she’s never met. When she and a group of friends travel to claim her inheritance, though, things take a turn for the worst as she discovers that beneath the veneer of a Victorian mansion lies a grizzly secret that involves a chainsaw and masks made of detached human faces.
During my visit to the Shreveport, Louisiana set of Texas Chainsaw 3D, a group of journalists and I had the opportunity to talk with the young actress about working in the unforgiving Louisiana heat in August, the pressures of starring in an iconic franchise, how this film differs from Tobe Hooper‘s original and more. Check out all Daddario had to say in the full interview after the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 17th, 2012 at 10:02 am
Taking over the reigns of a franchise the stature of Texas Chainsaw requires a unique combination of confidence and thick skin. Irrespective of your own creative vision, your film will inevitably be compared against Tobe Hooper‘s classic original. For director John Luessenhop, several have come before him and, in the eyes of most, several have fallen woefully short of capturing the magic of the original.
All of this said, Luessenhop doesn’t seem to carry the weight of someone tasked with creating the first direct sequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In fact, during my set visit interview with the director, I felt a sense of excitement. Both astutely aware of the standard his film will be judged by and confident in the direction of his own take, Luessenhop seems intent on creating something that is, in part, homage and, in larger part, his own extension of the original Chainsaw story. To read what the filmmaker had to say about Texas Chainsaw 3D including the process of shooting the film in 3D, picking out his favorites scenes from the original, and more, continue reading for the full interview.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 17th, 2012 at 10:02 am
Producer Carl Mazzocone‘s name is often associated with the work he performed on the Saw franchise as part of Twisted Pictures. In fact, it’s probably not a stretch to say that, to this point, it’s his crowning cinematic achievement. For now, that is. After talking with him on the Louisiana set of Texas Chainsaw 3D, I get the impression that Chainsaw is the type of project he’s spent his entire career prepping for. This isn’t just another film for the producer. This is a longtime dream brought to fruition for which his passion and excitement is palpable.
Build up aside, during my on set interview with Mazzocone, the producer talked at length about his passion for the project, the film’s use of RED Epic 3D cameras, his role in the day-to-day operations of the film, how his goal is to “deliver the best 3D monster movie of modern day”, and much more. In all honesty, everyone I interacted with during my visit was incredibly inviting and willing to answer questions. That said, this interview has to be one of my favorites if for no other reason than Mazzocone’s willingness to lay it all out there without any reservation. Read on for the full interview.
by Jason Barr Posted: October 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Last August, on the Shreveport, Louisiana set of director John Luessenhop‘s Texas Chainsaw 3D, I had the opportunity to participate in interviews with several members of the cast including up-and-comer Scott Eastwood. While his last name alone may be enough to garner the attention of many moviegoers, the 26-year old actor (and, yes, son of the legendary Clint Eastwood) came across as someone who is dead set on blazing his own path in Hollywood.
During the interview, Eastwood talked about the excitement that comes with being part of an iconic film franchise, his character, the horror genre in general, future projects, and more. Hit the jump for all that Eastwood had to say in the full interview.
While you’re busy counting the hours until your family leaves, be thankful that they’re not really that bad in actuality. Sure they take up a lot of space, bring ungodly smells into your house and embarrass you at every possible turn. Things could be worse. The history of cinema is full of some of the most horrid, base, and downright nasty families ever dreamed up. These families will shoot you in the back as soon as serve you a piece of pecan pie. Hit the jump and consider yourself lucky that you’re not a member of Collider’s Top 5 Worst Movie Families. If you missed any of our previous “Thankgiving Top 5″ articles, click here.
Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) is in final talks to snag the female lead in director John Luessenhop’s (Takers) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Per Variety, Lionsgate’s pic will take place following the events of director/co-writer Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original with production set to begin later this month in Louisiana. Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan co-wrote Chainsaw 3D with Luessonhop and Kirsten Elms later performing rewrite duties. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on October 5th, 2012. In addition to Percy Jackson, Daddario recently appeared alongside Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis in the Farrelly Bros. comedy Hall Pass and in the USA series White Collar.
When I heard that the Alamo Drafthouse would be honoring the state of Texas with this year’s Rolling Roadshow screenings, I was delighted: this meant that all of this summer’s Rolling Roadshow events would be happening right in my own backyard. And when I learned that one of the first shows on the Rolling Roadshow schedule was a screening of the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre– screening right next door to the house where Tobe Hooper filmed his masterpiece nearly four decades ago– I just about wet my pants in excitement. Turns out, I was right to be excited: as usual, the Drafthouse throws a helluva party. Read on for our report from the frontlines of this weekend’s awesome Texas Chainsaw Massacre screening, after the jump.
Writer/director John Luessenhop (Takers) is currently in negotiations to give The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise a 3D facelift. Per THR, the project is currently eyeing a June production start and is a joint undertaking between Lionsgate and Nu Image with Carl Mazzocone (former Twisted Pictures production president) producing. Although I’m a fan of the franchise, I have to admit that none of the aforementioned info pertaining to this latest iteration does anything to peak my interest. Luessenhop may well do a fine job bringing Leatherface to a new generation of moviegoers, but his resume isn’t all that assuring and the project’s expedited 3D production has all of the makings of a cash grab. In short, Lionsgate, Nu Image, and Luessenhop all have a lot of work to do if they want this Leatherface fan to give two cents (much less the inflated price of 3D theater admission) about the film.
While you might not know producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller by name, you’ve definitely seen their work. As two of the three owners of Platinum Dunes (along with Michael Bay), they’ve produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hitcher, The Amityville Horror, The Unborn, Friday the 13th (2009), and for the last year, they’ve been hard at work bringing Freddy back to life in New Line’s reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Back when the production was filming in Chicago last June, I was invited to the set – along with a few other online journalists. While there I was able to participate in a very extended interview with the two producers. During the interview, they talked about why they wanted director Samuel Bayer, how hard was it to land the Freddy franchise, why did they want to reboot it, why Jack Earle Haley, and so much more. If you’re curious what goes on behind the scenes when trying to make a movie, it’s a fantastic read.
Hit the jump to read the transcript or listen to the audio:
Summit doesn’t fear a Son of Anarchy as they’ve brought in screenwriter Scott Kosar to work on Charlie Hunnam’s script for Vlad, an action-thriller based on the life of Vlad the Impaler as a young prince; before he became known as Dracula. Kosar’s previous films include the 2004 Christian Bale flick The Machinist as well as the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, and The Crazies. The film will be directed by music video director Anthony Mandler.
Another pre-Dracula tale trying to get off the ground is Alex Proyas’ Dracula: Year Zero, which also follows the historical tale of Vlad the Impaler, but then takes a supernatural route. I’m not sure Vlad will do the same and it could (and may have to) distinguish itself by setting the myth of Dracula in a realistic setting so audiences can see not the Dracula we know today, but how a historical figure inspired Bram Stoker’s tale of the bloodsucker. Year Zero is also looking to land a big name actor, such as Sam Worthington, in the lead role. Vlad may intend to do the same but hasn’t reach that stage yet. It could also just be a smaller production. It will be interesting to see if either or both of these projects go into production, but these days it seems wise to bet on vampires even if they don’t sparkle in sunshine.
You know what the problem is with the “Saw” franchise (aside from plot, characters, imagination, scares, thought, budget, logic, freshness, and a lack of anything else of value)? A saw is not a power tool. Sure, it hurts a lot to saw off a limb with a hacksaw, but it’s also really time consuming. You can cause twice the destruction in half the time with a chainsaw. With that in mind, Twisted Pictures, the owners of the “Saw” franchise, are closing in on adding the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise to its horror show. Hit the jump for more details, not only about this story, but more details than you would ever get in a “Saw” movie.