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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

A remake of the 1974 film of the same name directed by Marcus Nispell and Michelle Palmer

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  • Jun 9, 2004
HEADCHEESE! Did you know that Tobe Hooper's original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre was titled "Headcheese", but at the last minute the title was changed to TCM?

The original 1974 TCM was filled with a group of hippy teenagers who pick up a hitchhiker,wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented cannibalistic family. All the while, the character known as Leatherface who does the maiming,torturing and killing while maniacally wielding one hell of a chainsaw from another world as it never seems to run out of gas. The 1974 movie's powerful sense of dread is marked by its grainy, semi-documentary style, wicked sense of humor and that overused 1970 - 80's camp style.

This remake is also filled with a group of teenagers, only with much better looks and acting ability who pick up a hitchhiker who does herself in early on in the movie with a "bang" which was quite a surprisingly good scene. Most of the beautiful teenagers wind up in a backwoods horror chamber where they're held captive, tortured, chopped up, and impaled on meat hooks by a demented, baby stealing, dentally challenged and somewhat cannibalistic family.

This remake has a powerful opening scene with black and white, 8mm police footage of the house of horrors where the murders took place. It, however, doesn't have the sense of humor that the original had, but that's OK. Instead, it has more of an industrial feeling to it. Likened to a NIN, Hole, or Metallica music video. There are "pig's heads", "doll parts", and lots of metal!

The grimy, crucified baby dolls, fly-specked pig carcasses and pig heads, all manner of different body parts floating in murky jars, impaled legs on meat hooks and the like make for a quite beautifully disgusting movie as far as esthetics are concerned.

However, it is R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket and Willard)who steals the show once again as the tobacco chewin', gun totin' masochistic policeman. For being a guy who is totally typecast, he gets some "juicy" roles, doesn't he?

I really enjoyed Eric Balfour (Six Feet Under) but Jessica Biel's attempt as the young heroine fell a bit short of the mark for me.

All in all, a decent watch and a somewhat above mediocre remake of the 1974 original. Gotta give credit to the people that had a cojones to remake THIS CULT CLASSIC!

Happy Watching and Unpleasant Dreams!

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review by . December 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    Marcus Nispel's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" takes Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" to almost painfully excessive new highs and lows. As can be expected from a film with the said director attached, there's a great deal of hard work that went into the technical and visual departments; and all such work pays off in the end. However, as with all the Marcus Nispel films, that's about it; he's a good hand when it comes to grotesque but strangely stunning …
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
This movie was awful - way too much torture going on and it made me a nervous wreck. Gross is OK, but needless torture is overkill.
review by . May 04, 2009
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) is a terrible film. Unlike the recent remake of Dawn of the Dead (which was good), the new T.C.M. is it's polar opposite (it is bad). I don't know why they even bothered with remaking this classic. Everything that made the original great is missing. Sadistic does not equate frightening or scary it's just stomach churning. The film makers need to take note. The only thing worth while about this flick is Jessica Biel. If you're a huge Jessica Biel fan (and what straight …
review by . June 13, 2005
I watched the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" back when I was in college and again when this remake was released in the theaters. I enjoyed it very much, with its camp horror and constant terror throughout. It was a very good film, but it's young remake is also up to the task.    Though most people who've watched the original will probably find more wrong with this film than folks who didn't(think old Star Wars vs. new Star Wars), this new version is actually pretty good. …
review by . February 11, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
This, the 2003 version of, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is an example of a remake done well. The movie stays fairly close to the original film with some minor changes and a different focus in storytelling.    The movie opens with some "real" camera footage of police officers searching and investigating the Hewitt family house in Travis County Texas. A narrator introduces the story and a few minutes in one of the police officers hurls at the sights and smells being discovered. …
review by . May 13, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: ..     Cons: ..     The Bottom Line: Nuttin like a chainsaw to get your attention     Movie synopsis:   A van of young adults travels down a lonely Texas road, picks up a hitchhiker. The mumbling young woman is deranged and beaten, pulls a gun from her nether regions and kills herself. In an attempt to find authorities, the group of young people fall under the hands and become the prey of the antics of the Hewitt family …
review by . April 08, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
I have never seen the original, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Let me start saying, that I made a mistake of eatting dinner and watching this movie at the same time. Um, yeah, I could hardly chew, and it was only the beginning.  The cast is quickly overwhelmed by the unfamiliar terriotry, and sneaky people who aren't as helpful as they seem. It's in the middle of a hot, gross and sticky summer day.   Some of the scenes are brutal, but I did not see any cannibalism in it. …
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The 2003 version ofThe Texas Chainsaw Massacreadheres to the pure and simple slasher movie formula: Introduce a gaggle of sexy young people, make vague gestures to distinguish them--Jessica Biel (Summer Catch) wants to get married and doesn't like pot, so she's our moral compass--then start hacking them to pieces one by one. The visual palette includes grimy crucified dolls, fly-specked pig carcasses, body parts floating in murky jars, a tobacco-chewing redneck sheriff, and many slender beams of sunlight cutting through dank, dusty interiors. The camera lovingly photographs Biel's tank-topped bosom and sculpted abs as she's running in terror from a bloated, chainsaw-wielding, human-skin-wearing maniac. This remake lacks the macabre comedy of the original; it's all about the nauseating sensation of waiting for something to jump out of the dark. Also featuring Eric Balfour (Six Feet Under) and R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket,Mail Call).--Bret Fetzer
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: New Line Home Video
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