Taking boyfriend Ryan (Songz) and best friends Nikki (Raymonde) and Kenny (Malicki-Sánchez) along for the ride, Heather heads for rural Texas to inspect the premises. On arrival, the group discover what appears outwardly to be a stunning mansion. However, this house harbours something horrid in its labyrinthine basement, and the friends soon wish they'd got out when they still had the chance. The film's initial scenes have enough nods to Hooper's original (the camper van, a suspicious-looking hitchhiker etc). However, once the teens arrive at grandma's, things go steadily downhill.
Luessenhop's visuals are arguably his film's one saving grace - the plantation style mansion Heather inherits is beautiful, which only serves to heighten the horrors it hides beneath. Yet unfortunately, the story this time around breaks free of the house and grounds, its action spilling clumsily into the local community, both at the annual town fair as well as a nearby abattoir where the inevitably blood-soaked climax plays out.
Elsewhere, the cast (including Gunnar Hansen and Marilyn Burns from the original) are a pretty standard bunch for this kind of gory fodder. The token teens are required to do little more than run around screaming like headless chickens - at least when they have heads with which to scream. As for Dan Yeager's Leatherface, it's hard to decipher anything but guttural grunts from beneath his convincingly grotesque features. With a suitably 'open ending' there's every chance someone will be back for more Chainsaw antics - whether we like it or not.