Original TCM Footage Converted to 3D for Texas Chainsaw 3D

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Website 3D Focus caught up with Markus Lanxinger, the Lead Stereoscopic Engineer on Lionsgate’s forthcoming Texas Chainsaw 3D, and the man revealed more than just a little regarding what to expect from the new flick!

Laxinger first told the site that first and foremost this is no quick cash-in as this “sequel” was made for the fans: “We felt quite a bit of responsibility on set. The producer and the director were very concerned about it. For that reason they had some of the original cast enrolled in the movie. Everybody on the crew was required to watch the original [Texas Chainsaw Massacre]. I think that inspired us to do something that lives up to it. I could tell that the producer and director wanted to make something that appealed to the fans of the franchise.

The site also states that according to Markus, the schedule was tough. The entire filming process was completed in a 28 day 2D schedule. The Cinematographer allegedly had to be replaced towards the end and Markus unexpectedly had to take over the second unit as Stereographer. In order to complete the filming in time, the cast and crew switched to a 24 hour schedule.

From there Lanxinger speaks on post-converting footage to 3D and that’s where he drops the following bombshhell: “There were very few shots that we ended up converting on that film and the ones we did tended to be the archive footage and stills from the original movie.” So what does that mean you ask? There are scenes from Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre in the 2013 sequel and they’re in 3D!

As for the film’s rating: “It initially had an NC-17 rating so we recut the movie and it got an R rating. There are certainly some gory elements but I also think there is quite some suspense in the movie. I think in America it’s very easy to get an R rating for violence and blood scenes. There are plenty of those but there are also moments where it is just scary with a suspense build up so I hope some of those scenes are going to stand out, not just the gory scenes.”

Texas Chainsaw 3D, in theaters January 4, 2013, is directed by John Luessenhop from a screenplay by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, and Kirsten Elms. Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle, Bill Moseley, and Gunnar Hansen star.

The seventh incarnation is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 film that follows the lead character, Heather, who, along with her friends, travels to Texas in order to collect an inheritance, that inheritance being Leatherface! The film will be rated R for “strong, grisly violence and language throughout.

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Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…

Original TCM Footage Converted to 3D for Texas Chainsaw 3D

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