Top critical review
on 5 January 2016
This movie had an awful amount of potential. It felt to me like it was now or never to do a sequel to the original, people are starting to give up hope with all the bad TCM films that have come out.
The first minute or two of this film is great, that however is because it is a recap of the original. Seconds after you realise mistakes throughout the entire film. People moan about the stupid timeline and the fact that heather should be like late 30's and Leatherface should be about 60 but I can let that go, however there are so many things that do bother me, for example:
In the original you had the hitchiker, the cook and Leatherface. This film starts literally minutes after and yet there are like four extra family members at the residence. I can understand calling family for help at this moment but there is a young lady and a newborn baby at the house. Why would you bring a young lady and a baby to a dangerous situation such as this? Simply because they need Heather to be there for future reference. It's stupid that within seconds this film is littered with mistakes. Maybe that doesn't bother you, fine forget that. What about a Sheriff letting a mob burn the house down to the ground? Doesn't sound very "sheriff like" to me.
The story feels like it's been written by a teenager who is still in school it's that far-fetched and unrealistic!
However, I give this film three stars because it has some good points. I watched the bonus features and you notice how hard they've tried to make this a good sequel, even down to recreating the original house from nothing just to have to end up burning it. I also feel that Dan Yeager acted out the part of Leatherface very well, it wasn't his fault that the script was so poor! All in all everybody really put a lot of effort in to this movie and it does shine through, all the mistakes and plot holes let the movie down though, especially the ending.
This is worth a watch but not much more. Normally I'd suggest renting it but this film is currently £5 on Blu Ray and I think that's a good deal, it's about what this film is worth.