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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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New Line Cinema, 2003, Rated R, 1 hr. 38 min.

I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this movie! I expected another overdone remake that would leave me yearning for the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I found this movie to be enjoyable, gruesome, and scary with a solid cast.

Wave bye bye to the nice kids!
Wave bye bye to the nice kids!

Can Leatherface come out and play?
Can Leatherface come out and play?

Eating dirt
Eating dirt

The female Laurel and Hardy?
The female Laurel and Hardy?

Erin (Biel) will never eat meat again
Erin (Biel) will never eat meat again

The movie opens on August 18, 1973 as four friends and a hitchhiker they picked up are riding in their van coming back from Mexico and on their way to a Lynyrd Skynrd concert. They see a distraught young woman walking in the road and stop for her. They get her into their van and she is crying and scared. She pulls a gun from between her legs and shoots herself. So begins the friends' nightmare as they try to report the crime but are pulled into the scary, crazy lives of a carnival-freak-like family of cannibals.

This is one of those movies in which everyone looks hot and sweaty in an attempt to give the film a more dramatic and scary. And in this case, it works. There is a feeling of desolation and heat that comes across. There are gruesome scenes and characters but it never feels contrived.  In fact, there is a palpable feeling of dread throughout the movie, possibly because the story is familiar.

The cast was enjoyable, especially the only person I recognized, Jessica Biel.  And speaking of, if you like her, there are numerous butt and boob shots! The "crazies" in Leatherface's family truly look like back wood folk and are creepy just to look at.  John Larroquette reprises his voice-over narrator role.

Some heavy hitters backed this movie, including producers Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and Hollywood Madame Heidi Fleiss' second cousin Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire, Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People).


The DVD special features include:

  • Three feature-length commentaries
  • 75-minute documentary, Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre
  • Deleted scenes

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QUICK FACTS

Studio

New Line Cinema

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

98 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Jessica Biel

Erin 

Jonathan Tucker

Morgan 

Erica Leerhsen

Pepper 

Mike Vogel

Andy 

Eric Balfour

Kemper 

Andrew Bryniarski

Thomas Hewitt (Leatherface) 

R. Lee Ermey

 Sheriff Hoyt

David Dorfman

Jedidiah

 

CREW

Marcus Nispel

Director

Michael Bay

Producer

Mike Fleiss

Producer

Andrew Form

Producer

Bradley Fuller

Producer

http://www.texaschainsawmovie.com/

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 6/28/2004

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