Long before Bill Moseley become synonymous with Otis Driftwood thanks to Rob Zombie, he played Chop Top in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The film came out in 1986, and the following year Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II was released.
Both of these sequels have a lot in common in that they were wildly outrageous (to the point of being comedic) continuations of films that were much more chilling. Each took the basic concept of its predecessor and simply had fun with it.
Moseley was a big fan of Evil Dead II when it came out, and had it in his mind that it would be cool if Raimi and Hooper had some kind of showdown with their films, each one topping the last. With that in mind, the TCM 2 star came up with a concept for the third Chainsaw film (probably in about ’87) that would have (unlike the actual third film in the franchise) built upon the narrative of Part 2. And it would have moved the Sawyers to NEW YORK (possibly even before or at least around the same time as Jason’s trip to the Big Apple)!
Moseley talked about all of this on an episode of Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s podcast The Movie Crypt last year. Clearly the story flew under the proverbial radar.
“I had written a treatment for Chainsaw 3 where the Chainsaw family moves to New York City,” Moseley told the hosts. “Leatherface works for Parks and Recreation, you know, sawing limbs off in Central Park and at night, he’s an artist downtown with the bone furniture – making the bone furniture and Chop Top is a DJ, you know, in like a disco, and the cook has this award-winning chili restaurant downtown that’s the darling of all the art crowd. And of course at night they go into the steam tunnels and saw up the bums, and basically that’s what they’re using for the chili….Leatherface and Stretch is in it. She has a kid, and it’s a cute little baby in a bone cradle…not a cradle, but a little bone playpen, with a tiny little leather mask on. I remember sending that treatment to Tobe, and Tobe’s going, ‘No, no way. I’m not filming in New York.”
And that was apparently that.
Hearing Moseley tell this story, it saddens me that this isn’t the third installment we actually got. Don’t get me wrong, there are things about that one I like, but a third film from Hooper based on this treatment would have surely been a sight to behold.
Moseley would of course go on to appear in Raimi’s Army of Darkness, the third film in the Evil Dead franchise, which came out in 1992. The real Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III came out in 1990, and went a completely different route with different actors and a new Sawyer clan. One can’t help but wonder what the franchise would look like today had Hooper made the film Moseley pitched.
Moseley would return to the franchise for a cameo in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Listen to the full Movie Crypt episode here.