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Faced with the daunting task of rebooting an entire franchise and following directly in the footsteps of Master of Horror Tobe Hooper is director John Luessenhop, who found himself at the helm of Texas Chainsaw 3D.

The sequel picks up only hours after we saw Leatherface dance in defeat with his trusty chainsaw at the conclusion of Hooper’s original flick back in 1974.

Because we missed chatting with him during our set visit to Shreveport for Texas Chainsaw 3D, Dread Central recently caught up with Luessenhop on the phone to speak with him about how he came aboard the sequel, his experiences shooting a 3D horror flick, the look of Leatherface this time around and more.

Check out what Luessenhop had to say about Texas Chainsaw 3D below, and look for more soon!

Dread Central: Great to speak to you today, John! I really enjoyed Takers so I admit that I’m really curious about your take on the horror genre and this world in particular considering the legacy of Tobe’s original movie. Was that daunting to consider, or did you have to put it out of your head somewhat and do your own thing? Were you a fan of the first Chainsaw?

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John Luessenhop: Oh yeah, I was a huge fan of the original, and when I went back to revisit it for this project, I wrote down about 10 things that I really thought were keystone moments in that film like the armadillo, the door, the freezer – that kind of stuff – and sprinkled them into this story to give it the flavor of the original. I knew how important that was going to be for fans, to give them something familiar but new, and yes, it was very intimidating to me because there are there are so many fans out there that really love this franchise, these characters and know every single little detail. At the end of the day I have to honor that but, at the same time, deliver a completely new story that can stand on its own feet, too.

But what I ultimately took away from Tobe’s film was just how grotesquely beautiful it was; there was something remarkable about how he would just frame a shot or how he filmed all the outdoor scenes, and I think that’s part of why that movie has endured. So for me I wanted to tell a real story much like Tobe did but still have all the fun and scares in there, too. After all, it IS a horror movie about a guy with a chainsaw (laughs).

And I had seen many of the seminal horror movies, but I admit that when I was hired for Chainsaw 3D, I really wasn’t totally versed in the horror world so I did a lot of research. I watched a lot of horror documentaries and tons and tons of movies just to get a feel of what had been done before so I could try and give this my own spin and not recreate someone else’s work. I really wanted to know as much as I could going in so I could deliver a great horror movie for fans, and hopefully I did just that. We’ll see (laughs).

Dread Central: I know the look of Leatherface is something fans are dying to know about- can you talk about kinds of masks you’re using for this? Are we going to see new masks, some of the masks from the original or maybe a bit of both?

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John Luessenhop: We’ve got three in this one; there’s one that we replicated from the original to a “t”. It’s the one that he’s wearing at the end, which makes sense since we pick up right after that. We also have two others that are new, and I think fans are going to love them; KNB really did a fantastic job. I think they look pretty great.

Dread Central: How was it working with some of the original cast members on Chainsaw 3D?

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John Luessenhop: It was great; John Dugan is back, and as for Marilyn (Burns), she was wonderful. She had such enthusiasm about this project that made it fun to have her back in this franchise again; she was instrumental in getting us in touch with the other cast, too.

The day Gunnar came to set for the first time is something I will never, ever forget. When he got out of the car after we pulled up to the driveway, he just stopped dead in his tracks as he was walking towards the farmhouse once he saw what we had recreated. Gunnar’s eyes glossed up and all he could say was, “It’s all coming back to me,” and it was remarkable to see that kind of raw emotion going through him. Just considering what they went through to make that movie in the 70’s and to see what it’s become since then, that has to be an overwhelming feeling.

Exclusive: Director John Luessenhop on Leatherface's Legacy and More for Texas Chainsaw 3D

Exclusive: Director John Luessenhop on Leatherface's Legacy and More for Texas Chainsaw 3D

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Paramount’s Dating App Thriller Snags The Boy Next Door Screenwriter

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Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

12% of the time, it works every time.

The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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