Hopefully you faithful readers have been following along with us here at FEARnet as we've been revisiting every single entry in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series in preparation for the release of 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' this Friday. While engulfing myself in all things Leatherface this past week, I uncovered a fascinated little bit of movie trivia that for some reason had slipped my radar over the course of the last decade.
Way back in 2000, the first teaser trailer for 'All American Massacre' surfaced on-line. What started originally as a 15 minute shot-on-video short film eventually evolved into a 60 minute feature helmed by William Hooper, the son of original Chainsaw director Tobe Hooper. The story was intended to act both as a sequel/prequel to Hooper's last film as director Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. It focused on Chop-Top (once again played by Bill Moseley!) who has been captured and committed to a psychiatric prison and he recounts the tale of the demented Sawyer family to a tabloid news reporter. It even has a score by famed metal guitarist Buckethead!
So what the hell happened to this project? Why is it still unfinished? And what's the status of it as of right now?
Back in January of 2006, this messages was posted on the official website, "We are sorry, the All American Massacre Website has been closed. All American Massacre has been shelved, canceled, canned, etc... Too many reasons for a precise explanation. I wish all who were involved in the project good luck."
However, it looks like the project has had a little bit of life in the last 2 years. A Kickstarter campaign was launched back in May of 2011 and was unfortunately unsuccessful in securing finishing funds. This was a little bit before the whole Kickstarter thing really took off, so perhaps another shot at it now wouldn't be such a bad idea? And the official website over at All American Massacre.com has been revamped and relaunched. You can find a brief teaser on the site under the video tab, but we'll leave you with the actual official trailer below.
This is one of those interesting "what if..." projects in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. Could it ever be completed? Would fans like to see Tobe Hooper's son's film all about Chop Top with Moseley reprising the role? Could it legally be done? For now, we'll have to keep wondering and waiting...