1. When Michelle and Ryan hit and kill an armadillo on the road, this is similar to the original film, where there is a dead armadillo seen on the road as the group passes by in their van.
2. Alfredo is basically an updated version of The Hitchhiker (Nubbins), to the point where he took a picture of Michelle and tried to sell it to her, like Nubbins did in the original with Franklin. Other character similarities include Tinker (Chop-Top in Part 2) and Tex (The Cook, the patriarch in the first two films).
3. The dead animals and bones seen hanging inside the gas station and later in the little girl's bedroom are similar to the 'bone room' of both the original and Part 2.
4. Alfredo looking through a spy hole watching Michelle in the bathroom is similar to 'Psycho', where Norman Bates famously watched Marion Crane in the shower.
5. When Tex points out that the road map was printed in 1973, this is a reference to the first film, which was filmed in and is based on events that supposedly took place in summer 1973.
6. When Leatherface chases the survivors through the woods, several times he cuts some trees and shrubs. This is similar to the original film, when Leatherface did the same thing chasing Sally.
7. The hunter and trapper aspect of the family was later homaged in several franchises that followed, including 'Wrong Turn', and 'The Hills Have Eyes'.
8. The little girl's doll was named Sally, an homage to Marilyn Burns' character in the original.
9. When Ryan gets hung on a hook, this is similar to the original film, where Pam (Teri McMinn) got the same treatment (only she was upright).
10. Ryan being hung upside down was based on the real-life killings of Ed Gein, who perpetrated the same style of killings on several women in his barn.
11. When Michelle 'joins' the family for dinner, her hands are literally nailed to the chair. This is later homaged in Rob Zombie's 'The Devil's Rejects' (2005), when the same thing happens to Otis (Bill Moseley). Coincidentally, it was Moseley who portrayed the Chop-Top character in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2'.
12. Leatherface taking a liking to music is similar to when he and Chop-Top supposedly listened to Stretch's broadcasts on KOKLA in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2'.
13. Leatherface develops a crush on Michelle, much like he did with Stretch in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2'.
14. The most obvious similarity is the fact that 'The Saw Is Family' is etched across the blade of Leatherface's new chainsaw. This famous line was said by The Cook (Jim Siedow) in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2'.
15. Tinker insisting that they 'get the bitch!' is similar to when Chop-Top yells at Leatherface to do the same thing in the radio station in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2'.
16. The chase scene at the end of the film is similar to scenes in both the original and Part 2.
17. Caroline Williams, who starred as radio host Stretch in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2', makes a cameo appearance as a reporter investigating the scene of the body pit.
18. Three people involved in this film also worked together on 'Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood': William Butler (Ryan in this one, Michael in 'Friday VII'), Jennifer Banko (Little Girl in this one, Young Tina in 'Friday VII'), and of course, Kane Hodder (stunt coordinator in this one, Jason Voorhees in 'Friday VII').
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