🔪 Leatherface's Lackluster Legacy: Dissecting the Kills in Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) 🎥

🔪 Leatherface's Lackluster Legacy: Dissecting the Kills in Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) 🎥

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) – A Casual Fan’s Deep Dive into a Slasher Staple

Welcome to the Kill Count for Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw 3! Follow Sebastyan Papp as he tallies up the victims in this 1990 horror sequel featuring horror icons.



  • Film Overview of the Unforgettable TCM 3 sequel, starring Ken Foree and Viggo Mortensen
  • Much more commercial feel compared to gritty original films 
  • Sawyer Strangers: New Sawyer family characters are introduced
  • Commercial Contrast
  • Characters Intro

Killcount Begins… First Kill

  • Teen girl Gina was killed violently with sledgehammer
  • Final girl Michelle and boyfriend Ryan meet hitchhiker Tex
  • Crime Scene
  • Survivors’ Drive
  • Reporting Stretch
  • Gas Station Trouble
  • Viggo Hitchhiker
  • Peeping Alfredo

The Sawyer Family

  • Little girl and mother characters, unlike previous films
  • Leatherface gets a golden chainsaw gift
  • Car Crash Chaos
  • Survivalist Encounter
  • Terrifying Night
  • Sawyer Assistance

Benny Fights Back

  • Benny fights back against Sawyers after helping Michelle
  • Epic gasoline fight with Sawyer brother
  • Deadly Dinner
  • Chainsaw Gift

The Golden Chainsaw Kill

  • Ryan was killed by an automated sledgehammer device
  • A little girl’s first human kill
  • In the Woods
  • Daring Escape
  • Swamp Showdown
  • Final Moments

Final Showdown & Concluding Thoughts

  • Epic swamp fight between Benny and Leatherface
  • Michelle defeats Leatherface and escapes


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1990 horror sequel Leatherface features new Sawyer family members battling Ken Foree and final girl in bloody Texas chainsaw action – don’t miss the kill count!


Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) – A Casual Fan’s Deep Dive into a Slasher Staple

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– TCM3 fails to live up to the franchise’s gory reputation despite an all-star cast
– New Sawyer family members are introduced, but lack the impact of the original clan
Censorship and studio interference result in a watered-down, less frightening experience
– Familiar horror beats and recycled scenes make the film feel derivative
– Benny emerges as a fan-favorite character, but his role is ultimately underutilized
– Leatherface’s golden chainsaw is more flashy than functional
– Michelle breaks the mold of the typical scream queen, but her victory feels hollow
– The film’s ending leaves room for another sequel, but fails to generate excitement
– TCM3 is a forgettable entry in the franchise, lacking the grit and terror of its predecessors
– Die-hard fans may appreciate the film’s attempts to revitalize the series, but casual viewers will likely be disappointed



Hey, gore-hounds, welcome back to another round of recounting the body count from our spooky film faves. Sebastyan Papp is here, guiding you through the forest of forgotten slashers, and what a thicket we’re carving into today: “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.” No mix-up here; we’re not hacking into the 2017 prequel; we’re dialling it back to 1990 for this installment.


1990 horror sequel Leatherface features new Sawyer family members - image concept


The Chainsaw Swings and Misses

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“TCM III” doesn’t pack the punch you’d expect from its intimidating title. Loaded with high expectations, featuring horror royalty like Ken Foree and everyone’s favourite ranger of Middle-earth, Viggo Mortensen, the sequel cut ties with the bloodlines from the previous films.

As for Leatherface? He’s got a new mug thanks to actor Ra Mihailoff, but are the Sawyers chilling with him? Complete strangers. We’re talking a mystery matriarch, a trio of newbie brothers, and a little terror that’s apparently Leatherface’s offspring. Seriously twisted, right?


Back to Basics… or Commercial Break?

The third chop was supposed to usher in a back-to-the-gory-basics era, scrubbing off the zany dark humour splattered all over Part II. The corporate muscle of New Line Cinema backed this blood fest, a first for the franchise. But let’s be real, it felt a little too polished, like the gritty, DIY aesthetic got scrubbed a little too clean.

Censorship woes played no small part. The MPAA came at this sequel with shears, threatening the dreaded “X” rating. Consequently, the gore got gutted so the flick could claw back its budget. What a letdown, especially when you’ve got mastermind Greg Nicotero, whose hands have painted everything from “The Walking Dead” to “Casino Royale,” running SFX makeup.


When the Kills Feel Killed

What got left was a muted flick, with most of our cast just scampering through the woods. It’s a sorry state of affairs when the body count feels like a rehash of the chainsaw dances we’ve already seen twice over. A true horror fan might watch it just to check it off the list, but let’s not kid ourselves; it ain’t no masterpiece.


Sawyer Family Values

Let’s circle back to the new Sawyer clan dishing out their dubious hospitality, no doubt the meat of our ‘Kill Count.’ Before even scratching the surface, we’re told that Sally Hardesty, survivor numero uno, kicked the bucket in ’77. But don’t etch it in stone; this series has a knack for amnesia.

Sally Hardesty

Early on, we’re treated to some familiar terror beats—screaming gals, Leatherface’s DIY face masks (talk about misunderstanding skincare 101), and night drives through Texas with an ill-fated relationship grinding its gears in the background. This time, it’s Michelle and Ryan, the latter played by William Butler—remember the guy who got the tent spike treatment in “Friday the 13th Part VII”? Good times.


Scenes are Rerun, yet Refreshed

The homage to earlier spectacles is clear, like roadside corpses and flashbulb sound effects plucked from the original. Yet, the familiarity can’t totally cloak the failings, like a bear trap scene with Ryan or the insipid car crash sequence straight out of a low-budget night terror.


Of Fire and Chainsaws

Now, for all the faults, this sequel does spark some interest. Our survivalist hero Benny, seemingly axed in one ending only to resurface unscathed in the re-shot version, is a man of action fans clamoured to keep alive. Leatherface’s new arsenal, a golden chainsaw, is a flashy yet empty threat, much like the movie itself.

And our final gal, Michelle? She breaks away from the screaming damsel script with a vengeful streak, leaving our iconic villain sinking in swamp waters. Talk about turning the chainsaw on the chainsaw wielder.


“You sick f*!”**

A quote that should’ve rumbled much earlier in the movie but finally finds its bite when it counts.


Wheeling Away from the Carnage

In the end, it’s a new day, Leatherface is marginally alive, and our battered survivors roll out in a pickup truck, oblivious to the terror that watches from the treeline. Leatherface waves his saw one last time—an invitation or a threat? That’s for the next sequel to hash out.


Closing (and Watching Your Back)

So, what’s the take-home from “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III?”

It’s a mixed bag of slashed dreams and honourable attempts, trying to stitch back the frights we all hanker for.


Does it stand on the podium of horror greats? Hardly. But does it have moments that cut deep? Sure, in a mostly sanitized, studio-polished way. Fear not, though, die-hards. The “Texas Chainsaw” saga revs on, and we’ve got the “Next Generation” queued up for a vivisection. Until then, I’m signing off—keep those creepy cravings fed, and never, ever trust a road trip through Texas.

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Thanks for sinking your claws into this gore recap with me. To all the fans planning to brave the Texas Frightmare weekend, hit me up as I wanna meet all you maniacs. Until our paths cross again, keep it creepy, but above all, be excellent to each other.




TCM3 is a forgettable entry in the franchise, lacking the grit and terror of its predecessors - image concept


Introduction to Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

  • Overview: The author is introducing the film “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” from 1990, differentiating it from the 2017 prequel and emphasising its status as a largely forgettable entry in the horror series.
  • Context: Despite featuring prominent actors like Ken Foree and Viggo Mortensen, the third installment disregards the continuity of its predecessors, and Leatherface is portrayed by a new actor, R.A. Mihailoff.


Film Analysis

  • Back-to-Basics Approach: “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3” aimed to return to the horror roots in contrast to the previous installment’s dark comedy style. However, the presence of a significant studio such as New Line Cinema resulted in a more commercial feel, detracting from the gritty authenticity of the original films.
  • Censorship Issues: The producers were forced to edit the film heavily due to threats of an X rating from the MPAA, resulting in a loss of potentially impactful makeup effects by Greg Nicotero and leaving the film with mostly boring characters and unoriginal elements.


Plot and Character Review

  • Sawyer Family Expansion: The introduction of new characters such as a mother, brothers, and Leatherface’s supposed daughter, all of whom are unfamiliar compared to the original family members.
  • Continuity Errors and Character Recurrence: The presence of Sally Hardesty’s character, who is stated to have died, yet the storyline conflict concerning her fate persists into subsequent films.


Kill Count Commencement

  • Initial Kill Sequence: The kill count starts immediately with the on-screen death of Gina, following the traditional text crawl recounting events from the first film.
  • Expansion of Sawyer Family Killings: A pattern emerges with new victims, including a girl named Sara, and a couple, Michelle and Ryan, who encounter the aggressive Sawyer family expansion.


The Road to Terror

  • Ordinary Encounter Leading to Horrors: The couple’s journey driving through Texas and their encounter with gas station employee Alfredo segue into their eventual discovery of the full horrors of the Sawyer family.
  • Character Interaction Dynamics: Subplots involve the couple interacting with Tex (Viggo Mortensen) and an uncomfortable situation with Alfredo, setting the stage for their entry into the Sawyer family’s domain.


Confrontation and Escalation

  • Benny’s Introduction: The survivalist Benny’s character is introduced, adding depth to the unfolding conflict as he meets, aids, and eventually believes Michelle’s and Ryan’s story.
  • Rising Intensity: Encounters with more family members, including Tinker and Leatherface, intensify the situation, leading to violent consequences and revealing the twisted dynamics within the Sawyer family.


House of Horrors

  • Repetition of Iconography: The author highlights the rehashing of familiar scenes from previous films, such as the dinner sequence with the Sawyer family and a decrepit grandfather figure.
  • Character Dynamics: Newer characters introduced within the Sawyer household are fleshed out, displaying a dysfunctional yet supportive family dynamic, distinct from previous films.


Climactic Confrontation

  • Benny’s Battle: Benny engages in a clash with the Sawyer family, leading to intense action sequences and confrontations, including Benny battling Tinker and Tex suffering a fiery demise.
  • Michelle’s Final Struggle: In a final showdown, Michelle battles Leatherface and ultimately emerges victorious, albeit traumatised by the night’s events.


Aftermath and Legacy

  • Altered Ending: The original ending that saw Benny’s demise was swapped for a survivor’s escape following audience feedback, symbolizing the importance of fandom in the film’s final cut.
  • Final Notes: The kill count concludes, wrapping up with a brief summary of the final scenes showing the still-living Leatherface trailing Michelle and Benny as they drive away from the house of horror.


Conclusion and Sign-off

  • Review of Kills: Summing up the signature metaphorical awards for the most notable kills and the least impressive deaths, in accordance with the series’ tradition.
  • Preview of Next Review: Sebastyan Papp teases the review for the follow-up film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,” setting expectations for an even more chaotic installment in the horror series.


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