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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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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 160 – A QUIET PLACE

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Lately, it seems as though comedy actors are cutting their teeth as horror directors and absolutely killing it! This year’s indie horror darling comes in the form of John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place. Chris has been sick as a dog, so the haomie Christine from Horrible Imaginings Film Fest is filling in to discuss whether A Quiet Place is 2018’s horror heavyweight, or just a lot of noise.

What Bruno took was what changed me; it only amplifies your essence. It simply makes you more of what you already are. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 160!

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Dario Argento Is Coming To HorrorCon UK 2018

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Hold your machetes, wipe your tears and pick your jaw up from the floor because the one and only Italian master of the horror film, Dario Argento will be making a rare visit to the UK to take part in HorrorCon UK. The greatest Horror convention in England is now in its 4th year and getting Argento to appear is a real coup. Argento who is perhaps one of the greatest ever horror director’s to get behind a lens will be appearing over the weekend of May 19th-20th to meet with fans and join in a Q and A session and there will even be a chance to get a photo with him.

HorrorCon UK will be pulling out all of the stops as the guests don’t stop there. Also scheduled to appear will be the legendary David Warner who has starred in everything from The Omen to Waxwork. Warner was supposed to make an appearance last year but sadly had to pull out at the 11th hour due to filming commitments.

The one and only Jeff Combs who is most famous amongst horror fans as playing Herbert West in the 1985 classic Re-Animator will be making an appearance and it is always an honor to share his company. In fact it will be a somewhat Re-Animator reunion as Barbara Crampton will also be at HorrorCon UK, marking her first ever European convention appearance!

The legendary Dee Wallace who is a bona fide scream queen with a resume that includes The Howling, The Hills Have Eyes, Cujo and The Lords of Salem and let’s not forget she survived the Critters so no messin’ with this gal is also here and she will be warmly welcomed that’s for sure.  Other guests include Claudio Simonetti the legendary performer, basically if you have a giallo movie in your collection- which we know you do- then you have heard Simonetti’s incredible work. He has worked closely with Argento and other Italian masters such as Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi. The icing on the cake is that Simonetti will also perform some of his original movie scores on the day.

Billy Wirth who played Dwayne as part of the gang of vampires in one of the greatest 80s horror movies ever in The Lost Boys will also be here, just make sure you don’t get bitten by him! Rounding up the guests will be Graham Humphrey’s a man who needs no introduction but will get one anyway. Humphrey’ s artistic talent knows no boundaries and he has been behind the iconic UK VHS artwork from The Evil Dead to A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Apart from the guests will be the various traders selling everything from replica props, t-shirts, rare memorabilia, movies, magazines and model kits. Hosts will include Ben Wilkinson, Tony Earnshaw, Darrell Buxton and the majestic Bunny Galore! Simply put if you’re a horror fan and can get to the UK for this May you cannot miss the event of the year!

HorrorCon UK takes place the weekend of May 19th-2oth at Magna Science Adventure Center in Sheffield, England

You can purchase tickets and photo ops right here.

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Paul Tremblay’s Novel The Cabin at the End of the World Gets Feature Adaptation

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A tremendous book ― thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” — Stephen King

Author Paul Tremblay already has a feature film adaptation of his novel A Head Full Of Ghosts coming our way with Robert Downey Jr.’ producing and Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) writing and directing.

And today we have word via Deadline that feature film rights to Tremblay’s novel The Cabin at the End of the World have been acquired by FilmNation.

Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman will pen the script. The screenwriting team just sold their spec script, Harry’s All Night Hamburgers to Warner Bros. in a bidding war and their screenplay, Orb, made the 2016 Black List and topped off the 2016 Blood List.

Have you read Paul Trembly’s The Cabin at the End of the World? Are you excited about a big screen adaptation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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The psychological horror and suspense novel centers on a vacationing family terrorized by four strangers who claim to be either attempting to bring about or trying to avert the apocalypse.

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