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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | | Horror | 17 October 2003 (USA)
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

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Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It's quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface. Written by Love Hewitt

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What you know about fear... doesn't even come close. See more »

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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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La masacre de Texas  »

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$9,200,000 (estimated)

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$28,094,014 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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$80,148,261 (USA) (19 December 2003)
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The only time we actually get to see Leatherface's "real" face. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, it states that the Massacre happened on Route 17 in Travis County. There is no route 17 in Travis County, TX, and the van in the beginning is entering Fuller, TX, and a girl screams "We're 3 hours from Dallas". Fuller, TX is 6 hours from Dallas, 8 hours from Travis County, and not along the way from El Paso, TX, which is where the girl says they came from. See more »

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Narrator: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of 5 youths. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected, nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them, an idyllic summer afternoon became a nightmare. For 30 years, the files collected dust in the cold-cases divison of the Travis County Police Department. Over ...
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7 October 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Not bad for a re-make of course it didn't have quite the impact of the original. It did a decent job building tension and there was a darker atmosphere to the location, made it seem more nightmarish.

Obviously the film had some advantages from a bigger budget, and R. Lee Ermey is definitely worth watching. As for the family, you had an almost twisted take on 'the dirty south', or in this case southwest, people being more bizarre caricatures, but with the darker and more atmospheric setting it works.

Interstingly, it seems to lack the social commentary of the original, but that is very common with remakes these days. Though there is extensive use of rather effective foreshadowing in numerous scenes.


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