As far as horror movie franchises go, there are few as unlikely as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The original film, directed by Tobe Hooper and assembled using a mostly unqualified team of film school misfits from the University of Texas, was an unlikely smash, funded partially by a mafia-owned distribution company and seen as a drive-in oddity. Of course, that film turned into a critical darling and cult movie sensation, becoming one of the most successful independent features of all time (and prestigious to boot -- a print of the film resides in New York's Museum of Modern Art).

More than a decade after the first flick was released, a sequel was commissioned, in part to make director Hooper some money after most of his profit participation was marginalized by the shady financial structuring of the first movie. That film, tonally incompatible with the first, began a third movie, this time housed at New Line Cinema, who was consolidating horror franchises like "Friday the 13th" to sit alongside its own "Nightmare on Elm Street." After a bizarre fourth film directed by the original film's co-writer Kim Henkel ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation"), and a pair of successful remakes back at New Line, we get this week's "Texas Chainsaw 3D."

This time the property sees the killer cannibal Leatherface moving, for the first time, into the stereoscopic third dimension. To commemorate this event, we decided to run down the five best kills from the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise. As far as lists go, it's pretty buzzy.

WARNING: Some of the videos in the slideshow are very graphic and very NSFW. Parental discretion is advised.

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