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Extending the mythology of the cannibal Sawyer family with reams of back story, 3D limb-severing and not a hint of the terror generated by Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original, John Luessenhop’s sequel is as pointless as one feared it might be. After learning that she is adopted and has inherited a house, Heather (Daddario) sets out on a road trip with boyfriend Ryan (R&B singer Trey Songz), her pal Nikki (Raymonde) and Carl (Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott). After picking up a hitchhiker, the friends arrive at the imposing property, only to find that Leatherface (Dan Yeager) has been hidden in the basement ever since.
Chronological consistency is not the script’s strong suit (this would make Heather 39 years old), but at least the writers have made some attempt to revivify the Sawyer family history. If only director Luessenhop had confined the action to the house, this scenario’s narrative potential might have been realised. Instead, he splits between several locations and fails to deliver the nightmarish intensity.
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