ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

All movies have mistakes - and they're generally unnoticeable to the average viewer, but in this series of articles, I'll be pointing out the BIGGEST movie mistakes ever made - the ones that you just really can't look over. They're not simple continuity mistakes or crew members being visible, but massive plot holes that make it hard to take the film seriously.


So up first we have.... 'Texas Chainsaw 3D', which is the latest film in the TCM series, as it was released in 2013. The film starts directly after the events of the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (set in 1974), where we see the Sawyer family's house being burnt to the ground by a mob after 'Sally Hardesty' had escaped and alerted the authorities and townsfolk.

The only people who survive the fire are a baby (later renamed Heather Miller), and of course Jed Sawyer (a.k.a Leatherface). So as I said earlier, the year in which this all takes place is 1974, straight after the events of the original film. We are then taken sometime into the future, where we have Heather who looks as if she is in her early 20's, perhaps about 22 or 23.

So what's the big problem?

Well, part way into the film we see two police officers using 'Facetime/Skype' to talk to each other through an iPhone. One officer is in the Sawley house investigated a blood trail, whilst the other is back at the police station watching the investigation. So this either means that they somehow had iPhones in 1994-1997 (depending on Heather's age), or that the year really was 2012 (when the film was made).

If the film had jumped from 1974 - 2012 (completely ignoring the original sequels), that would mean....

A: Heather was 38, when she CLEARLY was not.

B: Leatherface would be in his late 50's to early 60's, which he was also clearly not.

C: Absolutely no one in 2012 uses mobile phones except for the police, apparently.

38 years old? Hmm no...
38 years old? Hmm no...

If I had to guess, I'd say the film is meant to be set in 2012, ignoring the other sequels. Somehow Heather is about 20, whilst Leatherface is about 38, just because you know, no one will notice, right?

What do you think happened with this film? Did they make the massive slip up of putting iPhones in a film set in the 90's, or did they have characters that looked and acted 20 years younger than they should have? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below!


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