‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’: The ‘Stupid, Lazy and Boring’ Horror Reboot That Conquered at the Box Office (VIDEO)

As Celebuzz reported Sunday, Texas Chainsaw 3D took the top spot at the box officer over the weekend of January 7, earning more than $23 million as it outpaced holiday performers such as Django Unchained and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

But no matter how much money the film took in, it’s not the sort of “entertainment” – even in a “dump month” like January – which does anything unique or interesting enough to earn the commercial success it has enjoyed thus far.

Specifically, it’s a remarkably misguided new installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise which lacks scares, narrative cohesion or even the benefit of basic logic. Stupid, lazy and boring, Texas Chainsaw 3D is so bad it boggles the mind how or why Lionsgate considered it suitable to be released as a real feature film. [Warning: Spoilers below.]

On a basic story level, the film literally makes no sense: TC3D opens at the end of the original film, which was made and set in 1974, focuses on a (possibly) 20 to 25-year-old woman who was a baby at that time, and yet inexplicably the new film takes place in 2012.

Oddly, the opening scenes feature plenty of period detail to thoroughly confirm that ‘70s setting, and yet the characters use technology that could not exist anywhere except in the present. (Late in the film, a police officer uses Facetime on his iPhone to provide streaming video for his superiors as he investigates a potential crime scene.)

Meanwhile, the premise of the film is that this same female character, Heather (Alexandra Daddario), is related to the Sawyer family – whose black-sheep son is none other than Leatherface (Dan Yeager). When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a distant relative, she travels down to Texas to find out about her “real” family, and its many dark secrets. What she soon discovers is that her family has effectively been engaged in a twisted, decades-old conflict with the Hartman clan, and she’s the catalyst for that battle to begin anew.

Despite this familial conflict, the first two-thirds of the film are devoted to the perfunctory rhythms of Leatherface chasing and killing Heather and her friends. The big problem with this is that (1) none of the murders are executed with any style or suspense and (2) the twentysomething protagonists we’re supposed to care about are the stupidest, most unlikeable characters even in a rich and colorful history of stupid, unlikeable horror movie characters.

Heather manages not only to trip over a 12-inch “fence,” but she falls with a regularity that approaches parody – at least three or four times as she’s running from her attacker. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and best friend cheat on her with one another, and then they are summarily killed by Leatherface before this information is ever revealed to Heather, making it an entirely worthless plot development except to intensify the audience’s growing exasperation with them before they’re executed.

Moreover, add in a black sheriff who has held his job for 20- or 40 or however many years and somehow is entirely powerless whenever a local businessman decides that he wants to exact his own brand of redneck justice, and a final-act twist in which we’re supposed to sympathize with, you guessed it, Leatherface instead of his victims.

All of it adds up to a spectacularly nonsensical and mind-numbing experience which not only betrays the raw visceral energy of the original film, but even the margins of what constitutes tolerable horror moviemaking in an age of derivative sequels, remakes and spinoffs. Texas Chainsaw 3D is not just a bad horror movie, it’s a bad any kind of movie.

Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Alexandra Daddario and Trey Songz below, and let us know — did you see the film? If so, what did you think?

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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’: The ‘Stupid, Lazy and Boring’ Horror Reboot That Conquered at the Box Office (VIDEO)

As Celebuzz reported Sunday, Texas Chainsaw 3D took the top spot at the box officer over the weekend of January 7, earning more than $23 million as it outpaced holiday performers such as Django Unchained and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

But no matter how much money the film took in, it’s not the sort of “entertainment” – even in a “dump month” like January – which does anything unique or interesting enough to earn the commercial success it has enjoyed thus far.

Specifically, it’s a remarkably misguided new installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise which lacks scares, narrative cohesion or even the benefit of basic logic. Stupid, lazy and boring, Texas Chainsaw 3D is so bad it boggles the mind how or why Lionsgate considered it suitable to be released as a real feature film. [Warning: Spoilers below.]

On a basic story level, the film literally makes no sense: TC3D opens at the end of the original film, which was made and set in 1974, focuses on a (possibly) 20 to 25-year-old woman who was a baby at that time, and yet inexplicably the new film takes place in 2012.

Oddly, the opening scenes feature plenty of period detail to thoroughly confirm that ‘70s setting, and yet the characters use technology that could not exist anywhere except in the present. (Late in the film, a police officer uses Facetime on his iPhone to provide streaming video for his superiors as he investigates a potential crime scene.)

Meanwhile, the premise of the film is that this same female character, Heather (Alexandra Daddario), is related to the Sawyer family – whose black-sheep son is none other than Leatherface (Dan Yeager). When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a distant relative, she travels down to Texas to find out about her “real” family, and its many dark secrets. What she soon discovers is that her family has effectively been engaged in a twisted, decades-old conflict with the Hartman clan, and she’s the catalyst for that battle to begin anew.

Despite this familial conflict, the first two-thirds of the film are devoted to the perfunctory rhythms of Leatherface chasing and killing Heather and her friends. The big problem with this is that (1) none of the murders are executed with any style or suspense and (2) the twentysomething protagonists we’re supposed to care about are the stupidest, most unlikeable characters even in a rich and colorful history of stupid, unlikeable horror movie characters.

Heather manages not only to trip over a 12-inch “fence,” but she falls with a regularity that approaches parody – at least three or four times as she’s running from her attacker. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and best friend cheat on her with one another, and then they are summarily killed by Leatherface before this information is ever revealed to Heather, making it an entirely worthless plot development except to intensify the audience’s growing exasperation with them before they’re executed.

Moreover, add in a black sheriff who has held his job for 20- or 40 or however many years and somehow is entirely powerless whenever a local businessman decides that he wants to exact his own brand of redneck justice, and a final-act twist in which we’re supposed to sympathize with, you guessed it, Leatherface instead of his victims.

All of it adds up to a spectacularly nonsensical and mind-numbing experience which not only betrays the raw visceral energy of the original film, but even the margins of what constitutes tolerable horror moviemaking in an age of derivative sequels, remakes and spinoffs. Texas Chainsaw 3D is not just a bad horror movie, it’s a bad any kind of movie.

Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Alexandra Daddario and Trey Songz below, and let us know — did you see the film? If so, what did you think?

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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Tops Box Office With $23M

Leatherface returned with plenty of noise at the box office this weekend, as Texas Chainsaw 3D grossed some $23 million in domestic ticket sales.

The seventh installment in the slasher franchise enjoyed one of the strongest openings for the first full January weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, starring singer Trey Songz, Alexandra Daddario and Dan Yeager as the infamous chainsaw killer, opened in more than 2,600 theaters domestically.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit grossed $20.1 million and $17.5 million, respectively. Les Miserables and Parental Guidence round out the top five.

Songz, who plays Ryan in his big screen debut, recently told Celebuzz that he originally thought about passing on the role.

“It was because it was a horror film that it was something I didn’t entertain initially because it was a stereotype,” he said.

“Aside from that, I was focusing on my album. It was my fifth studio album. I was coming off tours. It was a very, very heavy point in my musical career so I didn’t think I had the time.”

Are you a fan of the Texas Chainsaw franchise? What did you think of the latest film? Weigh in below.

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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’s’ Trey Songz Says It’s a ‘Lifelong Achievement’ to Not Die First in a Horror Film (VIDEO)

He may have five hit records under his belt, but singer-turned-actor Trey Songz says that not dying first in his latest film, Texas Chainsaw 3D, was one of the highlights of his life.

“As a black man, that’s a career lifelong achievement,” the “Bottoms Up” crooner told Celebuzz.

Songz, who plays Ryan in the seventh film of the slasher franchise, said that he actually wanted to pass on the role because he didn’t want to be a classic movie cliche.

“It was because it was a horror film that it was something I didn’t entertain initially because it was a stereotype,” he told us.

“Aside from that, I was focusing on my album. It was my fifth studio album. I was coming off tours. It was a very, very heavy point in my musical career so I didn’t think I had the time.”

What made the 28-year-old change his mind?

“It just so happens that the four weeks I had coming up were the four weeks it took to shoot the movie so it worked out,” he said.

As for his co-star Alexandra Daddario, her character’s unconventional role drew her to the film.

“I think it’s an interesting twist,” she said. “She becomes tougher and stronger and fights for what she believes is right, I guess.”

“I’m excited to have such a twist in the movie where as you see her go from the typical typecast screaming, running girl to this girl who gains this sense of confidence and — like she says — has this dark side that comes to life,” Songz added. “I’d love to see what that possibly could be.”

So what is Texas Chainsaw 3D’s big twist? Find out when it opens in theaters on Jan. 4, 2013.

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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’s’ Trey Songz Says It’s a ‘Lifelong Achievement’ to Not Die First in a Horror Film (VIDEO)

He may have five hit records under his belt, but singer-turned-actor Trey Songz says that not dying first in his latest film, Texas Chainsaw 3D, was one of the highlights of his life.

“As a black man, that’s a career lifelong achievement,” the “Bottoms Up” crooner told Celebuzz.

Songz, who plays Ryan in the seventh film of the slasher franchise, said that he actually wanted to pass on the role because he didn’t want to be a classic movie cliche.

“It was because it was a horror film that it was something I didn’t entertain initially because it was a stereotype,” he told us.

“Aside from that, I was focusing on my album. It was my fifth studio album. I was coming off tours. It was a very, very heavy point in my musical career so I didn’t think I had the time.”

What made the 28-year-old change his mind?

“It just so happens that the four weeks I had coming up were the four weeks it took to shoot the movie so it worked out,” he said.

As for his co-star Alexandra Daddario, her character’s unconventional role drew her to the film.

“I think it’s an interesting twist,” she said. “She becomes tougher and stronger and fights for what she believes is right, I guess.”

“I’m excited to have such a twist in the movie where as you see her go from the typical typecast screaming, running girl to this girl who gains this sense of confidence and — like she says — has this dark side that comes to life,” Songz added. “I’d love to see what that possibly could be.”

So what is Texas Chainsaw 3D’s big twist? Find out when it opens in theaters on Jan. 4, 2013.

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Sexiest Trey Songz Pictures From Instagram

It’s really no surprise that Trey Songz has tons of sexy pictures on his INstagram account. After all, he’s “Mr. Steal Your Girl” and is the brains behind the track ‘I Invented Sex.’

The R&B crooner, who is celebrating his 28th birthday today (Nov. 28), is quite active on Instagram, and he never forgets to leave some eye candy for his female fans. To make your ogling adventures easier, check out this super-sized post of the sexiest Trey Songz pictures from his Instagram account.

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