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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | | Horror | 17 October 2003 (USA)
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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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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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17 October 2003 (USA)  »

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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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Gunnar Hansen was asked to play the role of the trucker in the end of the film. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, when the kids are driving in the van and they hit a bump, the body of the dead girl falls over onto the floor of the van, yet when they stop at the mill, the body is seen sitting up in the back of the van. 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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2003 Remake of classic, not as bad as you think!
16 October 2006 | by (Limerick, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Horrors have a bad reputation for poor sequels and bad remakes, which is why when people heard there was a remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the general thought was that they would be butchering the classic(excuse the pun).

However this is a terrifying, shocking, emotional thrill of a movie. It may not be up to the standards of the 1970s version, but to be fair, nothing is. The acting is quite well done. The film takes advantage of the time its being made in and the budget, with this version having much better production values, its much more gory but not at the cost of story telling.

The realism is superb and the movie is, at times, as sad as it is scary due to the emotional torture of the characters, i'm sure many people will say its not as good as the original but it could have been a lot worse


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