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How 5 Recent Horror Films Scared Up Big Success At The Box Office

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 2:40 PM
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After initial loud buzz way back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where its screening triggered a bidding war, horror flick "You're Next" is finally about to invade theaters nationwide. The tale of a band of masked intruders who violently disrupt a family get together, it's a kicky treat that we finally got a chance to watch at SXSW this year (you can read our review here). While it seems like it could be a late summer hit, if recent horror hits have proven anything, it's that it's nearly impossible to preemptively diagnose what genre fare is going to make a very respectable amount of money at the box-office.

'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Sequel Not A Go Just Yet; 'Fright Night 2' Is Happening, But With An All New Cast

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 10, 2013 12:45 PM
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It came as a surprise to many when "Texas Chainsaw 3D" topped the box office last weekend, hauling in $21.7 million and beating out "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" in the process. What wasn’t so surprising was the subsequent news that a sequel to the movie was already underway. Well, as it turns out, looks like someone might have spoken a little too soon regarding that information.

'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Sequel Reportedly Already In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:57 AM
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Chalk it up to college kids finally freed from family obligations with a bit of extra time on their hands before school starts up again. Chalk it up to the surprising popularity of Trey Songz, who was responsible for drawing in a third of the audience under 25. Chalk it up to the lure of the perverse thrill of sexy young people being threatened/killed with chainsaws. Chalk it up to audience not wanting to sit in a theater for nearly three hours. Whatever it was, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" surpassed expectations by taking the top spot this weekend at the box office, beating out films like "Django Unchained," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Les Miserables." And so, of course, we'll probably get another sequel.

Box Office: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Scares Away Competition To Take Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2013 11:39 AM
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Platinum Dunes let go of the rights to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise after the second film grossed less than half of the first, a downward trend they had no interest continuing. To turn things around, they were going to need a whole new approach, which involved the folks at Twisted Pictures, home of the now-defunct “Saw” series. And with an ambitious plan involving numerous sequels (of course), Leatherface is back, and it seems audiences are interested. The critically roasted moovie is the first number one film of 2013.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Tries To Carve Up 'Promised Land'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • January 4, 2013 3:03 PM
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Happy New Year! Mirroring the lull that follows the high energy end-of-the-year countdown, this first week out of the gate is a pretty quiet one in theaters. (Minus the two extremely violent films that top the docket. Blood and gore: yay!) This phenomenon isn't particularly surprising, but it does leave something to be desired, particularly for anyone who used their vacation time to catch up on every flick that arrived with the holiday release flurry.

Review: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Is Flatter Than Texas Roadkill

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2013 8:55 AM
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Carl Mazzocone, the producer of the new horror remake/sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3D" (yes, the word "Massacre" isn't even part of the title – more on that in a minute), a former executive who oversaw the lucrative "Saw" series, has made it a point of saying how this is a true follow-up to Tobe Hooper's watershed original (1974's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"). The first part of a proposed six-film franchise (yes, seriously), Mazzocone and his confederates have also chosen to bypass every entry in the series since the original, including Hooper's own, highly underrated sequel, two additional films (one by original co-writer Kim Henkel), and a pair of glossy remakes shepherded by that king of the understatement, Michael Bay. But what makes "Texas Chainsaw 3D" so striking is that for a movie with such clear reverence for the original, it fundamentally misunderstands (or simply ignores) what made the first film such a groundbreaking classic.

Watch: The First Not-So-Subtle Clip From 'Texas Chainsaw 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 2:30 PM
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So, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is getting put into the remake meat grinder once again, this time retitled to the much leaner, more hashtag-friendly "Texas Chainsaw 3D." And if anything, this first clip proves the movie at least got the title right.

New York Comic-Con Posters For 'Pacific Rim,' 'The Last Stand' & 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 5:25 PM
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Nerd alert! Starting today, folks will be able to get their geek on at the New York Comic Con, and never one to miss a marketing opportunity, studios are unfurling new marketing swag, so let's get to it.

Watch: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Trailer Carves Up More Mediocrity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 1:45 PM
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With the soothing strains of Mark Lanegan's "The Beast In Me" playing, the trailer for "Texas Chainsaw 3D" opens with a young woman in sexy lingerie just casually changing her clothes in the backseat of a van. Well, you gotta hand it to the marketing gurus at Millenium Entertainment -- they sure know who to grab the eyeballs of anyone who couldn't care less about another entry into this franchise.

Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand Comedy Retitled 'The Guilt Trip,' While 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D' & 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Get Release Dates

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 12:43 PM
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Seth Rogen is a fairly unlikely movie star all in all, but a fully flung movie star he is, and one who's gone from being the wacky scene-stealing sidekick to a bona-fide Hollywood insider, as demonstrated by his hosting role at the Spirit Awards over the weekend (and delivering a great monologue as well). He's also made smart choices: producing and co-starring in comedy-drama "50/50," moving into more serious fare with "Take This Waltz" and keeping busy with regular animation voice work alongside his more traditional starring roles.

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