Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Reviewed By: M
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
While on a drug run to Mexico, a bunch of people pick up a bloodied
hitchhiker who has been attacked by someone or something . They decide to
detour and take her to the nearest town. The group decide to investigate
and see if there’s a phone to contact a sheriff. They encounter is a
bizarre family of cannibals and a strange man who’s weapon of choice is a
chainsaw. This is of course Leatherface and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
has only begun!
As in most horror movies these days, this movie starts out with a couple
of teenagers in the middle of nowhere. Though this remake, of Tobe
Hooper’s "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre", has a sense of reality
to it much like the original; they are inspired by a true story. They both
share a similar story line with some differences here and there but this
one is more of a modern horror movie where it doesn’t focus as much on the
story or trying to be a great film but more on how to make the audience
jump from their seats.
The movie starts out with a look at the classified video footage of a
couple of police officers visiting the Hewitt home which captures the
attention of the audience. Even though the rest of the footage isn’t shown
until the end of the movie, that intro makes the audience more scared
because it gives it a very realistic feel. After the remake starts there
is another scene which is also very shocking and intriguing. These little
things throughout this movie make it a decent horror film and not another
The acting is average in this film, although nothing impressive it’s
better then the usual acting in most teen horror movies. 7th Heaven’s
Jessica Biel and Six Feet Under’s Eric Balfour are the only known stars.
Biel makes a decent horror debut and takes the spotlight for most of the
movie. Balfour is a little annoying at the beginning and has a horrible
accent or whatever he was trying to sound like but that goes away quickly.
I thought they did a nice job bringing Leatherface to life and making the
place more disgusting and scarier then the original.
As I mentioned before, the main problem with this film is leaving the
audience without explaining the relationship between the family and what
they do. This one is probably more fun and thrilling then the first one
but the first told the story better. If you take this movie to what it is
and what they wanted to do with it, they have succeeded in making a scary
& entertaining horror movie.
If you are looking for a fun movie to watch then this will do but if you
are looking for good story telling then see something else.
Runtime: 96 min.
MPAA: Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" opens nationwide Friday
October, 17, 2003.