Texas Chainsaw 3D is a 2013 sequel to the 1974 film, and it is in no way connected to the remake.The film begins with the Sawyers being lynched shortly after the first film but one baby is saved. That girl's named Heather, who decades later, learns that she inherited a mansion from her biological grandmother. She goes there with her friend and boyfriend who sleep with each other behind her back and they learn the hard way that Leatherface is still alive. Pretty soon the townspeople learn the truth as well and decide to take their vendetta to Heather herself.A sequel is rumored to be in the works.
The actor who played "Mr. Farnsworth" the Old Retainer bears a strong resemblance physically and temperamentally to the late actor Paul Partain who played "Franklin" in the '74 classic. Similarly, he is the closest confidante to Marilyn Burn's character and pushes the female protagonist along.
Anachronism Stew: During the scene where Heather learns about her real family, we clearly see the first film is set in 1973, placing this film in the late 1990s, yet we have camera-phones.
Bald Black Leader Guy: Subverted, and then Inverted. While Sheriff Hooper runs the police department, it's made clear in the beginning and during the film that Butch Hartman is the real leader everyone listens to in the town. that is until Hooper lets Leather Face and Heather kill him in the end. Afterwards, he makes it clear that he's now in charge by telling the two to clean up the mess before he leaves.
Big Bad: Leatherface officially takes this title in the film, being the last surviving Sawyer but later on Mayor Burt Hartman takes the role.
The Bad Guy Wins: Leatherface not only gets away with murder at the end of the film, he also gets revenge on the people who killed his family and reunites with his long lost cousin.
Canon Discontinuity: Acts as a direct sequel to the original, thus negating the events of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 which had the original family moving underground to a Texas carnival and Drayton Sawyer still being a public presence in the community with his chili. Ironically, this film still uses the Sawyer names, an element introduced in the original sequel.
Chekhov's Gun: Heather's "crazy little birth mark" serves as a sign to Leatherface that she is a Sawyer.
Continuity Snarl: The film is set in 2012 and is a direct sequel to the original. Heather should be close to 40 and Leatherface should be in his 60s, yet they're played by, respectively, 26-year-old Alexandra Daddario and the middle-aged Dan Yeager. This would just be an example of Playing Gertrude if not for the fact that Heather herself is portrayed as a young adult.
Easily Forgiven: It seems Heather completely forgives Leatherface for killing all her friends and trying to murder her when she finds out that they are related. However, it can be argued that she knows it is partially her fault that Leatherface was let loose and go on a rampage. If she had read her grandmother's letter first, most of the deaths would probably have been avoided.
Not So Different: Heather experiences a Sins of Our Fathers punishment from the townsfolk for Sally's torture. This makes the townsfolk fill the same role The Sawyers held in the 74 classic and Heather filling Sally's.
Recycled Premise: Following the first film, Heather looks into her dead grandparent's estate, picks up a hitch hiker who unleashes Leatherface and then escapes torture from locals until a gory comeuppance to her captors turns her as crazy as Leatherface.
Unexpected Inheritance: The premise involves a young woman named Heather who inherits a mansion from a grandmother she never knew she had, only to discover that Leatherface still resides there and that she's his cousin.
Unexplained Recovery: How did Leatherface escape the burning of the Sawyer house and make it to his Grandma Verna's?
X Meets Y: The Saw series meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series
Your Cheating Heart: Ryan, Heather's boyfriend, cheats on her with Heather's best friend Nikki. Heather doesn't seem to notice or bothers when they were both half naked when she crashes their van into the barn Ryan and Nikki were using after escaping Leatherface.