Leatherface Returns For ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’ In Horror Bites

The fine folks at Shock Till You Drop snagged the first look at Leatherface in the upcoming “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.” It’s not his face we’re actually looking at, but the pictures makes up for that by giving the mute madman a chainsaw. We’ll take it. Trey Songz, horror vet Bill Moseley, and Alexandra Daddario are just a few of the names appearing in the seventh installment of the killer franchise. This one is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 movie that follows a young woman and her friends through Texas as she attempts to collect an inheritance. Eventually she uncovers the link to a disturbing family connection. You can watch the chilling family reunion when “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D” makes its way to theaters on January 4.

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’Scary Movie 5′ Locks Down Cast and Starts Production
Does the world need another “Scary Movie”? Well, we’re getting one whether we like it or not. The cash grab otherwise known as “Scary Movie 5″ has started production, and Bloody Disgusting had the low-down on casting. “High School Musical’s” Ashley Tisdale will star, along with Terry Crews, Marisa Saks, Erica Ash, and Lindsay Lohan. Returning to the franchise are Charlie Sheen, Simon Rex, and Molly Shannon. Kevin Hart will not be making an appearance as previously reported, but comedian Roland “Lil Duval” Powell has joined the team. This time around, the “Scary Movie” crew will be spoofing “Black Swan,” “Paranormal Activity,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and “127 Hours.” See the spooky antics on April 19 when the movie hits theaters. Will you be there with ticket in hand?

’Curse of Chucky’ Heading Our Way Soon
We’ve missed Chucky, so it’s great to hear that the devilish doll with a taste for blood and bad humor will be getting more screen time soon. “Curse of Chucky” started production yesterday in Canada and will be directed by Don Mancini — the “Child’s Play” franchise creator who has had a hand in making all the films and directed “Seed of Chucky.” The film follows Fiona Dourif’s Nica who is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother, but her mourning is interrupted by bossy big sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti). “As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail.” Apparently serial killer Charles Lee Ray has some unfinished business to attend to. We’re delighted to see that Dourif will be voicing the mini monster again. How about you?

Lionsgate Captures a ’Lovely Monster’
While Lionsgate figures out what’s going on with the “Saw” franchise, they’re shopping for fresh meat to mine for a new terror flick. It looks like they’ve stumbled upon Francesco Calabrese’s short film, “Lovely Monster.” Variety reports that the company is in negotiations for rights that will allow them to create a feature-length adaptation of the director’s horror short, à la “District 9.” The film follows a young woman battling a rare and lethal illness that transforms her into a monster. You can watch the entire movie over here, and leave us your feedback on the film below. Stay tuned for more as we get it.

’Frankenstein’ Remake Gets New Director
Fox’s Frankenstein project has hit a minor setback, but “Lucky Number Slevin” director Paul McGuigan — who is currently in talks to take over the classic fright film remake — could rectify that. Shawn Levy left the project, but Fox swooped in quickly to pick up new talent. According to Variety, they want to move quickly on the Max Landis-written thriller based on Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel, because there’s a horde of Frankenstein films ambling all over Hollywood. We can’t wait to see where this one goes. Stay tuned here for updates.