Texas Chainsaw 3-D is the 7th film in the franchise and was released in theaters on January 4, 2013. The movie takes place directly where the original one left off. It follows a new protagonist, Heather Miller and her friends as she collects an inhertance from an unknown relative.
Picking up after the events of the original film, the people of Newt, Texas, led by Mayor Burt Hartman, burn down the farmhouse of the Sawyer family for their role in aiding Jebidiah Sawyer, also known as "Leatherface", in several murders. The arsonists are celebrated as heroes in the town, and the entire family is presumed dead. However, an infant, Edith Sawyer, is found by one of the townsmen, Gavin Miller, who promptly murders her mother, Loretta Sawyer, and adopts Edith with his wife Arlene. Decades later, Edith has been raised by Gavin and Arlene as Heather Miller. One day, Heather is notified that her grandmother, Verna Carson, has passed away and left everything to her; discovering that she was adopted, Heather and her boyfriend Ryan, and two other friends, Nikki and Kenny, travel to Newt to collect her inheritance. Along the way, the group picks up hitchhiker Darryl.
When they arrive, the Sawyer family lawyer, Farnsworth, gives her the keys to the family house along with a letter from Verna. Excited about the property she now owns, Heather and her friends look through the house, decide to stay the night, and immediately set off to buy supplies and food, trusting Darryl to stay and look over the house. Darryl begins looting it and believes he will find valuables in a locked room in the cellar of the house; however, upon entering the locked room he is bludgeoned by Leatherface. Heather and her friends return and discover the house has been ransacked, but choose to let it go. Later on that evening, Kenny prepares a celebratory dinner while Nikki and Ryan play pool. Nikki however manges to lure Ryan to the barn where she proceeds to seduce him. As Kenny finishes preparing dinner he finds the butler's cellar, where Darryl was killed, and Leatherface impales him on a hook. Heather finds a decomposing body (Grandma Verna) upstairs and runs to find her friends, only to run into Leatherface who knocks her unconscious. Waking up in Leatherface's room, she manages to escape to the graveyard where she hides in her grandmother's coffin. Leatherface manges to locate her and proceeds to saw through the coffin nearly killing her. Hearing the screams and chainsaw, Ryan and Nikki draw the attention of Leatherface, while Heather gets their van and picks up her friends.
In the ensuing chase, Leatherface saws through one of the van's tires, causing it to crash and subsequenly kill Ryan. Heather escapes and makes her way into a carnival, but Leatherface escapes the police who are patrolling the grounds. Sheriff Hooper realizes that Leatherface survived the fire and is still alive; Mayor Hartman sends Officer Marvin to the Sawyer house to kill Leatherface, against Hooper's orders. While looking for Leatherface, Marvin is startled and accidentally kills Nikki, before being killed by Leatherface himself. While at the station, Heather learns of what the townspeople did to her family and flees. She is soon caught by Hartman's son, Deputy Carl Hartman, who ties her up at the long-abandoned Sawyer slaughterhouse to lure Leatherface. Once there, Leatherface finds out that Heather is his cousin and cuts her ties, but is attacked by Mayor Hartman and another officer, Ollie. As Heather hears her cousin being beaten she decides that blood is thicker than water and to helps him, killing Ollie with a pitchfork and giving Leatherface his chainsaw, which he uses to force Mayor Hartman into a meat grinder. Afterward, Heather and Leatherface return home, where Heather reads the letter from Verna that tells her Leatherface will protect her in return for being taken care of. Realizing Leatherface is the only family she has left, Heather decides to stay with him.
In a post-credits scene, Gavin and Arlene show up at the mansion to visit Heather, intending on greedily splitting her assets. As they wait in front of the door, Leatherface answers with his chainsaw in hand.
- Alexandra Daddario as Heather Miller: The film follows Heather, who is travelling through Texas with her boyfriend Ryan to collect an inheritance which, unknown to her, includes her cousin Leatherface.
- Dan Yeager as Leatherface: Miller's cousin
- Tremaine Neverson as Ryan, Heather's Boyfriend.
- Scott Eastwood as Deputy Carl Hartman: Town deputy and Burt's son.
- Tania Raymonde as Nikki:the best friend of Heather.
- Shaun Sipos as Darryl: A hitchhiker who catches a lift with Heather and her friends.
- Keram Malicki-Sánchez as Kenny: Ryan's friend
- Thom Barry as Sheriff Hooper: Town sheriff
- Paul Rae as Mayor Burt Hartman: Town mayor and Carl's father.
- Richard Riehle as Farnsworth: The Sawyer family lawyer.
- Bill Moseley as Drayton Sawyer
- Marilyn Burns as Verna Carson: Burns portrayed Sally Hardesty in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
- John Dugan as Grandpa Sawyer: Dugan is reprising his role as "Grandpa" from the 1974 film.
- Gunnar Hansen as Boss Sawyer: Hansen last portrayed Leatherface in the 1974 original film.
In January 2007, Platinum Dunes executives Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form stated that the company would not be producing a third film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot franchise. In October 2009, it was announced that Twisted Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment were attempting to purchase the rights to the franchise, with Twisted Pictures producing and Lions Gate distributing. According to Variety writer Michael Fleming, the plan was to create a contemporary film in 3-D, with Stephen Susco writing the script. The contract, with rights-holders Bob Kuhn and Kim Henkel, would be for multiple films. In May 2011, Lions Gate announced that it would be partnering with Nu Image to produce the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and that John Luessenhop would direct the film. Mazzocone will act as producer, with production having been set to begin in June 2011. Mazzocone also announced that the story would pick up where Tobe Hooper's original film ends, in the original canon, rather then taking place in the new 2003 canon that expanded TCM 2003 and TCM a new beginning. Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus were brought in to write the script; Kirsten Elms and Luessenhop worked on rewrites and script polishing. Texas Chainsaw 3D had to be re-cut before release, as it received an NC-17 rating, due to excessive gore, during its initial submission to the MPAA.
Based on 54 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, Texas Chainsaw 3D received an average 20% overall approval rating, with an average rating of 3.5/10; general consensus is that the film is making a "bold move" in trying to turn Leatherface into a "horror anti-hero", but ultimately is nothing more than "ugly and cynical" in its attempt. On Metacritic, the film received a score of 33 out of 100, incidating "generally unfavorable reviews", based on 13 reviews. IGN editor Eric Goldman wrote, "A few fun 3D-aided jump-scares aside, Texas Chainsaw 3D is a generic and laughable attempt to follow the original."
Even though it doesn't compare to the original and was rated poorly, its become one of the highest grossing of the franchise to date.