A California couple are hunted down on the Texas
backroads by Leatherface and his cannibalistic family.
It's hard to believe this movie costars three-time Academy Award nominated character actor Viggo Mortensen, but I guess even Aragorn himself had to start somewhere. What better way to start than in the worst Texas Chainsaw movie? Granted, I have not yet seen 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D or 2017's Leatherface, but I think it's a pretty safe assumption given how abysmally boring and nonsensical this one is. I don't know why so many horror franchises just through continuity to the wind instead of building up a coherent story over several films, but this franchise has to be the gold standard for fucked up continuity.
The franchise tradition of feeding yuppies and hippies to cannibals continues with our heroes: An insufferable California couple on the outs who take the wrong road through Texas and wind up on the menu. They have Tex (Mortensen) to thank for bad directions, and while you can see a budding star in the works in Mortensen's performance, it's not enough to maintain interest in this one. I didn't think it was possible to make Leatherface boring, but here we are. Ken Foree plays the only interesting character, a survivalist named Benny who happened to be passing through.
With the realism of the first one and the campiness of the second one, I guess there wasn't really anywhere else to go with a third film without coming off as a copycat. Still, they could've tried. Leatherface deserves better than this.