December 5, 2013

The Dog Farm's Best In Show 2013 - Territorial Texans & Chainsaw Family Values

Family portrait  - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
     The build-up, release, and subsequent disappointment associated with Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) happened in roughly the same time frame as the first few months of the Dog Farm's existence.  As such, I spent a disproportionate amount of time in the Dog Farm's earliest days examining Chainsaws that came before . Where better to start my month long celebration of The Dog Farm's Best In Show 2013?

     The first post, Leatherface, U.S. Ambassador, is still one of my personal favorites.  It was also one of the first steps toward my realization that I don't particularly like writing straight reviews.  For the record, feeling obliged to review the heinously awful Texas Chainsaw 3D after promising to do so was another.  I can't bring myself to devote more than the ninety minutes or so I've already wasted watching a bad movie to write about it, too.

     The second post, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986) Is Better Than You Remember, was prepared for Blood Sucking Geek's Ultimate Gore-A-Thon, the first multi-blog event in which I was ever asked to participate.  It's more like a traditional movie review, though it's title betrays my ongoing effort to find fresh ways to approach the movies that don't depend upon my often uninformed and questionable critical faculties.  I thought that title would be comment bait, too.  I was surprised I didn't hear more dissenting opinions.

     Leatherface, U.S. Ambassador

     The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986) Is Better Than You Remember    

     There's more to come next week when The Dog Farm's Best In Show 2013 continues.

     (By the way, I'm aware that "best" is an almost completely subjective determination.  How about The Dog Farm's As Good As It Gets 2013?)


  1. Brandon,
    Was there talk of another Chainsaw movie in some fashion being released, or did the bombing of 3D Chainsaw preclude that? Is it just me, or do all the remakes lately seem way too formulaic. The Evil Dead reboot lacked any sense of originality. That makes me hope that no one tries to reboot Phantasm--unless it's me.
    Look forward to some Chainsaw postings from you soon.

  2. Unfortunately, TC3D wasn't a bomb. It tripled its production costs at the box office in the U.S. Talk of another - a part 4, even though this one was supposedly a direct continuation of the original and thus part 2 - have thankfully died down.

    I suppose I should still tackle parts 3 and 4 of the first cycle soon. I know this is heresy, but I enjoyed the Platinum Dunes remake of TCM well enough. It was, of course, completely unnecessary, but I actually thought the screenplay did some clever things with the expectations a fan of the original would have.

    I've often thought it would be great, since just about every Chainsaw is a remake / reboot to some degree, if we someday had a TCM with the best characters from each all together in one movie. I'd pay good money to see the old gang from Hooper's films mix it up with Vilmer from part 4 and / or Alfredo Sawyer from part 3. Sigh.


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