Time to fire up the critical Black & Decker: Somebody—there are six credited screenwriters—really wasn’t clear on the concept. The guy's called Leatherface (Dan Yeager, behind the skins). He lumbers after people, kills them and then his family eats them. How hard is that? After a brief montage from Tobe Hooper’s feverish 1974 classic, we’re back at the murder house, where—what’s this?—a bunch of yahoo hicks shoot down the remaining cannibal clan and torch the porch. These yokels are our villains now, and unfortunately, they’re a lot less scary or suggestive. Bereavement’s Alexandra Daddario, playing a distant Leatherface cousin set to inherit the manor (and manner), continues her sad career in unbuttoned bondage, and the 3-D effects are especially ruinous.
Friday January 4 2013