The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: -RoG-

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

The third installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series was doomed from the start, and in many people's minds, it was a weak horror movie at best. This is not the fault of director Jeff Burr, however... no, no, no. He had the best interests of horror fans in mind and intended to bring the Texas Chainsaw Massacre back to its roots by focusing on what people cared about most: Leatherface! He is no longer the bumbling clown-like character that was portrayed in part 2; now he actually sticks up for himself, and if somebody screws with him, he'll make 'em pay. Unfortunately, the producers and the MPAA had problems with it and decided to make more cuts to the film than Leatherface's chainsaw could ever do to another human being. As a result, what people saw was a truly bastardized version of Burr's vision.

One of the best things about Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III is that the chainsaw is actually used quite extensively to kill people. Many people often forget that despite the title, the original film has very little bodily damage done by a chainsaw shown in it (other than Leatherface cutting himself by accident). That's not the case with part 3 at all though. He uses the chainsaw extensively for killing and to celebrate this, they made a gigantic new chainsaw for Leatherface...

Hey Leatherface! Look what Santa brought you for being such a good boy this year!

Just look at that beast! Halfway into the film, his brother Tex (played by Viggo Mortensen no less) gives him this giant new chainsaw as a gift with the words "The Saw Is Family" engraved into the side of it. Word is that the chainsaw in the movie weighed a whopping 80 pounds!

With all this in mind, it may surprise you to discover what my favorite moment in the movie is. It's actually something that's far more lighthearted than you would expect from a Texas Chainsaw Massacre flick.

I spy a psycho through the window!

Later in the film, when Benny (the one and only Ken Foree of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead) peers into one of the windows, he sees Leatherface sitting at his workbench. Turns out, ol' Leatherface is a fan of electronic toys. He somehow got his hands on an old Speak 'n Spell and is trying to learn with it. Unfortunately, he's stuck on the very first item in the "Alphabet Soup" activity game which requires you to type in the name of whatever object pops up on the LED screen:

Clown = FOOD!

When a clown face appears on the screen as the first item to identify, Leatherface types in "F-O-O-D" on the keyboard, but the program tells him, "Nope! Try again!" This obviously confuses him, since he was brought up to believe that people are indeed food. So, Leatherface tries typing in "F-O-O-D" again on the screen, perhaps thinking he typed it in wrong or there was a glitch with the program...

The agony of defeat
"Nope! Try again!"

After several attempts at typing in "F-O-O-D", he finally gets fed up with the program, lets out a grunt and slams his fist down on the table. Defeated, poor ol' Leatherface picks up his chainsaw and returns to the dining room, frustrated that the stupid image identification activity program got the better of him. Aww, don't beat yourself up over it too much buddy... if it were up to us, we'd make that program congratulate you for typing in the correct answer! FOOD!

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Reader Comments

The face of trapped wind.
Oct 19th, 2009, 02:21 PM
I almost bought this movie the other day for 3 bucks. I kind of feel bad for not buying it now. I did get Creepshow though. So it sort of levels out.
Forum Virgin
Oct 19th, 2009, 02:50 PM
i would suppose it's the "most controversial horror movie ever" because people like tcm 1 and 2 and this one was horrible?
With More Yes Than Ever
Oct 19th, 2009, 03:43 PM
I thought that clowns ate people and not the other way around.
Forum Virgin
Oct 19th, 2009, 04:02 PM
That would be alien clowns, there's a difference....I think. Too many horror movies :P

But anyway, he seems like a toddler typing in letters on one of those learning laptops.
Oct 19th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Seeing this reminds me of those awful English courses I was forced to take online where no matter how many times I pronounced a word the proper way the voice recognition app wouldn't understand it and keep frustrating me with an error message.
I am Johnny Luchador
Oct 19th, 2009, 06:56 PM
I wonder what the hell the answer is...if its not FOOD then what the hell is the answer?
Oct 19th, 2009, 07:11 PM
This scene always bugged me as a kid because you have to input FIVE letters/characters for the answer to be accepted, so unless he was spelling FOOD! he shouldn't have been able to even get an answer.

Jesus why do I let this bug me.
Forum Virgin
Oct 19th, 2009, 07:43 PM
And thus Leatherface angered Pennywise, ensurring the Battle of the century...
COOKIG Battle that is! Which will prevail? Leatherface's Jenny-Jerky or Pennywise's Cottn Kiddy?
Forum Virgin
Oct 19th, 2009, 09:32 PM
YES! That's right! I forgot about Viggo being in a TCM movie! For some reason I had equated him with Macaughnahey and thought this scene was in TCM 4. And yes, this is probably one of my favorite TCM scenes. My gang and I spent no less than six months filling uncomfortable silences with "F-O-O-D... DOO DOO DOO!"
Oct 20th, 2009, 12:14 AM
I've only seen TCM 1 and 4. I feel like I've missed out.
Forum Virgin
Oct 20th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Actually this is one of the few scenes I did enjoy in tcm 3...its certainly a better film than tcm 2 or 4, but that's like saying slicing your big toe off in a lawn mower accident is preferable to having your eyebal sliced open, un chien d'alou style
Forum Virgin
Oct 20th, 2009, 12:39 PM
I love when Benny grabs the guy and asks how many there are (people in the family) and the guy says "How many what OJ?" That always made me laugh. And I agree though I love the chainsaw duel I think this movie is better over all than TCM 2
lurking on the walls
Oct 20th, 2009, 10:19 PM
i'd really like to see this, I wasn't oo fussy on the second Massacre
King of the Monsters
Oct 21st, 2009, 01:53 PM
i didn't mind this movie too much. really liked Leatherface's appearance in this movie.
Oct 23rd, 2009, 12:55 AM
I love how there is a Chainsaw advert at the bottom of this screen...well it's on mine anyway ;-D
Forum Virgin
Nov 1st, 2009, 01:36 AM
I just now registered to say that I actually got to, just a week ago, meet the actor behind the mask in this movie, R.A. Mihailoff himself. He was promoting a local Spirit Halloween here in Greensboro, NC. I didn't get an autograph because they were being sold for like fifteen dollars, and that was fifteen dollars I didn't have. I did talk to him a small bit, and he seemed like a genuinely nice person. I just re-read this article and figured I'd share. Also, I sort of wish I'd had the money now.

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