When 2013’s TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D was released many fans (this one included) had many issues with the movie. The acting, the turning Leatherface into an antihero, it being a semi-remake of the remake being a few. While those grievances are par for the course for this uneven franchise, perhaps the biggest issue most fans had with the movie was the inane timeline of the story. In case you forgot TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D is a direct sequel to the original 1974 film, effectively ignoring all the previous sequels. The original movie took place on August 18, 1974. The protagonist of the TCM 3D being an infant at the original film’s climax. In TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, the infant is now in her early 20’s. The problem is the film takes place in 2012, where simple mathematics tells you she should be approaching her 40’s. Since God forbid, a woman in her 40’s was actually cast in the role in a mainstream horror film, the 20-something Heather has been a bit of a head-scratcher. According to Arrow In The Head, the film’s co-writer, Adam Marcus (who also gifted the world with JASON GOES TO HELL), recently revealed the following in an interview with Agony Booth:
“For Texas Chainsaw, the studio wanted a direct sequel to the original film, so my lifelong writing partner Debra Sullivan and I started from that idea. We wanted to adhere more to the first movie. I love the first movie. Tobe Hooper loved our script, which was exciting. There was a certain reverence to what came before. I also loved the Jason character and the hockey mask, but there was no real mythology for Leatherface, and we wanted to create a mythology. With Leatherface, there was a really broken psychology there, like Frankenstein’s monster. For Debra and me, we wanted to tell the story of Leatherface’s imprisonment and his reverence for family.
Our draft took place in the early 1990s, but the finished film took place now, which makes no sense. The original film was in the 1970s, and the main character is in her twenties, which is why the script took place in the ’90s. It didn’t make any logical sense, and it’s frustrating. I was also trying to make the date in the script coincide with the release of Jason Goes to Hell.”
I really wish the original draft would have been executed. To see a retro horror film taking placing in the 90s, tying with JASON GOES TO HELL, would have been a fresh take on the franchise and it certainly would have made more sense than what we saw.