Sunday, April 29, 2012

Vintage Video Of The Week : Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 Original Teaser!

I've briefly touched upon my love of Leatherface : Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 a few times over the years, but allow me to refresh your memory.  I personally dig the film quite a bit and have always felt that it has never quite gotten the respect that it deserves.  Sure it's no Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it's really no Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 either, but as its own movie about Leatherface and his fucked up family, I find it to be a damn solid film, one that always entertains the hell out of me.  I'm sure there are many others who feel the same way, but I never really hear anyone giving the film the props I wish it would be given.

Anyways, back in 1989, when Chainsaw 3 was getting set to hit theaters, New Line cut together an incredibly awesome and unique theatrical teaser trailer for the film.  Rare for a trailer, the teaser featured footage entirely shot for it, rather than cut together footage from the film itself.  As if that wasn't interesting enough, the teaser was actually shot before director Jeff Burr was even hired onto the project.  If you do the math there, that means that the teaser was shot before the movie itself even began filming.  You can imagine Burr's surprise when he went to see Dream Child at the theater in late '89, a week after getting hired to do Chainsaw 3, and saw the teaser for a film he himself was directing but hadn't even begun work on yet!

Chainsaw 3 was lensed shortly thereafter, in 1989, and was released by New Line in January of 1990.

So let's head back to 1989 and check out the original theatrical teaser trailer for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, an epic peek behind the curtain at what goes on in Leatherface's life right before he starts cutting up teens with his trusty chainsaw!

I'm pretty damn sure there's no way any horror fan could've possibly laid eyes on this teaser back in the day and not gone out to see the film opening weekend.  The comparison between Leatherface and his chainsaw & King Arthur and his Excalibur is way too awesome to not inspire a serious nerd boner, if you're asking me!

Now I must mention that I've heard rumors that Kane Hodder is actually the one who played Leatherface in this teaser, which would make sense given he was the stunt coordinator on the film and in fact did double for R.A. Mihailoff in several scenes.  I can't confirm this, but if anyone can, please do let me know!



Great post! I remember this commercial, but haven't seen it in years!
I also like Leatherface: TCM 3, but I have to admit it took time to grow on me. Upon first viewing I hated it...but have learned to love it through the years.

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is a great film. Ken Foree!


As entertaining as this teaser is, I kinda think it was a little bit of a mistake parodying King Arthur. The reason I say this is because so many people went to see TCM2 and were surprised/disappointed that it was comical and so much different from the original. After seeing the second film, how was anyone supposed to know that Leatherface was going to be a serious horror film by watching this teaser? Oh well, hind sight is 20/20 and I agree, this flick pretty good and often overlooked. - Cory

Anonymous said...

Johnny, somehow i think "Chernobyl Diaries" might just be a classic, once again i`m really looking forward to reading your reveiw.