“Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” is the third movie in the franchise. This film stars a young Viggo Mortensen and Ken Foree. They also used another new actor to play Leatherface as they did in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.”
This film is about a couple who are traveling from California to Florida and they decide to stop for gas in Texas. At this gas station they initially meet a perverted attendant who gives them the creeps, but they also meet a charming cowboy, played by Viggo Mortensen, who gains their trust and directs them to a shortcut that they decide to take, big mistake.
“Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” is very strange to me. I’m not sure what they were trying to achieve – Who are these people in the family and is this the same Leatherface? This can’t be the same Leatherface, how does he have a daughter? Is it a remake or is it a sequel? I’m not sure because it’s never fully clear on what I was watching.
Even though this movie is very flawed with the typical slasher clichés, the confusing plot, and the heavy metal soundtrack, this movie did have an upside and his name was Ken Foree. He was the best part of the movie. He was fantastic as Benny “The Survivalist,” and if it wasn’t for him this film would’ve been pure garbage. He was much better than the disappointing Viggo Mortensen who seemed like he was just there for a paycheck and gave a “paint by numbers” uninspired performance.
Ken Foree’s performance might’ve been too good and without giving too much away, the ending must’ve been re-shot because it goes beyond the realm of reality even for the most opened mind fans. That is why I can’t recommend this film.