I just watched this tonight with a friend at his father-in-law's house (because he had DirecTV, lol) and I actually really liked it as a gritty crime thriller. I do have to agree that it doesn't really work as a Texas Chainsaw movie, at least not until the finale. It's certainly a better movie than the last one. Definitely delivers on the gore and ick factor (that sex scene was pretty fucked up). The reviews have been a bit harsh on this one, it's grotesque bloody fun. The big flaw is simply that it needed more Leatherface and Chainsaw Massacre, which are the two biggest selling points. On it's own merits, disconnected from any franchise, it's fine.