The horror icon has a long, interesting history with the Chainsaw franchise.
One of the great things about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is that it introduced the world to Bill Moseley, whose Chop Top instantly became an iconic horror villain in his own right. How did Moseley land the role? Story goes that Tobe Hooper cast him after seeing his performance in The Texas Chainsaw Manicure, a short film spoof of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre!
I guess you could say it was all meant to be.
Decades after the 1986 sequel that made him a star, Moseley returned to the franchise in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D. Picking up directly where the original classic left off, John Luessenhop’s film cast Moseley in the role of Drayton Sawyer, originally played by the late Jim Siedow in the first two Chainsaw films.
And then there’s All American Massacre… a strange, never-released film that serves as both a prequel and sequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Directed by William Hooper, son of Tobe Hooper, All American Massacre began filming way back in 1998, with Bill Moseley reprising the role of Chop Top!
Set years after the events of Chainsaw 2, All American Massacre catches up with Chop Top in a Texas psychiatric hospital – where he’s been for the last couple decades. When a tabloid news crew comes in to interview him, Chop Top spills the beans about his past, relaying his murderous deeds before ultimately carrying out a whole new massacre.
Nearly 20 years ago, the trailer for All American Massacre hit the net… and the project, aside from brief social media chatter, was not seen or heard from again.
From what I’ve gathered over the years, the main reason behind All American Massacre never being released is that Hooper ran into costly post-production issues after filming wrapped back in 2000. In 2011, he attempted to raise the funds necessary to complete the film via Kickstarter, but the campaign sadly failed.
Every so often, a social media post has promised that the film is still in the works and coming soon, but even that chatter has died down in recent years. I even spoke with Bill Moseley himself back in 2012 about the film, and he seemed pretty sure that All American Massacre was NEVER actually coming out.
The trailer, which you can watch below, may forever be the only proof it was even made.