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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre -- A group of friends passing through are stalked and hunted down by a deformed killer with a chainsaw in order to sustain his poor family who can only afford to eat what they kill.


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Writers (WGA):
Kim Henkel (1974 screenplay) and
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Marcus Nispel 
Writing credits
Kim Henkel (1974 screenplay) and
Tobe Hooper (1974 screenplay)

Scott Kosar (screenplay)

Produced by
Jeffrey Allard .... executive producer
Michael Bay .... producer
Matthew Cohan .... associate producer
Joe Dishner .... co-producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Mike Fleiss .... producer
Andrew Form .... executive producer
Bradley Fuller .... executive producer (as Brad Fuller)
Kim Henkel .... co-producer
Tobe Hooper .... co-producer
Pat Sandston .... associate producer
Guy Stodel .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Jablonsky 
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl (director of photography) (as Daniel C. Pearl)
Film Editing by
Glen Scantlebury 
Casting by
Lisa Fields 
Production Design by
Greg Blair 
Art Direction by
Scott Gallagher 
Set Decoration by
Randy Huke  (as Randy Smith Huke)
Costume Design by
Bobbie Mannix 
Makeup Department
Troy Breeding .... key makeup artist
Grady Holder .... makeup artist: special effects body dismemberment
Kelly Nelson .... key hair stylist
Carla Palmer .... head makeup artist (as Carla E. Palmer)
Scott Stoddard .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Joe Dishner .... unit production manager
Tami Goldman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Fletcher .... first assistant director
Phil Hardage .... second assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Katie Tull .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Steve Allen .... carpenter
Annilee Ballentine .... set dressing buyer (as Annilee Ballentine Ramirez)
Amy Bell .... assistant property master
Kevin Berve .... prop fabricator
Debbie Cortez Haber .... art department coordinator
Erick Garibay .... assistant props
David Hack .... set dresser
Heather Ingram .... art department intern
Joe McCusker .... construction coordinator
Mark Millicent .... storyboard artist
King Orba .... property master (as Mark Wallace)
Melissa Pagen .... assistant: production designer
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick .... leadman
Jeremy Reeves .... set dresser
Charles Seale .... carpenter
Corissa Smith .... scenic artist
Christopher Stull .... set dresser
Kara Sutherlin .... stand-by scenic
Gary Wimmer .... lead scenic
Robert R. Wonson .... set dresser
Sound Department
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
John Bires .... sound engineer
Stacy Brownrigg .... production sound mixer
Matt Colleran .... sound re-recordist
Thadd Day .... second boom operator
Chris Frazee .... boom operator
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound designer
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound supervisor
Frederick Howard .... sound editor
Trevor Jolly .... sound supervisor
Kevin Maloney .... additional boom operator
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Silk .... assistant sound engineer
Branden Spencer .... supervising assistant sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Title .... sound effects editor
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Caron Weidner .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects assistant
Rocky Gehr .... special effects
Brandon K. McLaughlin .... special effects supervisor
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Christopher A. Suarez .... special effects technician
Chiz Hasegawa .... coordinator: KNB EFX Group (uncredited)
Kevin McTurk .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Andy Barrios .... Inferno artist: Asylum
Joel Behrens .... compositor: Asylum
Emma McGuinness .... visual effects executive producer: Asylum
Nathan McGuinness .... visual effects supervisor: Asylum
Matthew Merkovich .... digital effects (as Matt Merkovich)
Kosta Saric .... visual effects editor: Asylum Visual Effects
Jason Schugardt .... visual effects supervisor
Greg Stuhl .... digital artist
Bridget M. Taylor .... digital artist: Asylum VFX
Jeff Werner .... visual effects producer
Jesse James Chisholm .... element photography (uncredited)
Felicia Faden .... texture artist (uncredited)
Mark Alan Loso .... compositor (uncredited)
Jill Brown .... stunt double
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... stunt double: Jessica Biel
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts
Carl Milinac .... stunts (re-shoots)
Lillie Miller .... stunt double
Bryon Weiss .... stunt double: R. Lee Ermey
John Cann .... stunt double: Mike Vogle (uncredited)
Jay Krueger .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Basquette .... digital video assist operator
Buzzy Burwell .... set lighting technician
Jason Casillas .... assistant camera
Matt Cowan .... grip
Theda Cunningham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Edison Jackson .... best boy electric
Eric R. Laudadio .... assistant camera
Greg Lomas .... dolly grip
James Marks .... remote camera technician
Edward A. Navarro .... additional electrician
Eric Pickett .... additional video assist
Ryan Pilon .... assistant camera (second unit)
Paul Postal .... electrician: additional photography
Van Redin .... still photographer
Donis Rhoden .... best boy grip
Peter D. Roome .... additional first assistant camera
Andy Ryan .... chief lighting technician
Tom Shinn .... electrician
Peter Simonite .... additional photographer
Jeremiah Spinney .... grip
Greg Travis .... grip
Jeffery J. Tufano .... camera operator
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... grip
Sean Wright .... grip
Thomas Young .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Simonite .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa Fields .... local casting
Julia Kim .... casting associate
Meagan Lewis .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Matthew Jerome .... costumer
Nyima Johnston .... wardrobe
Kathy Kiatta .... costume supervisor
Stephanie A. Steel .... costume production assistant
Yvonne Wilburn .... costumer
Editorial Department
Nathan R. Fitzgerald .... associate editor
John McCunn .... digital intermediate producer
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Sara Mineo .... post-production assistant
Thatcher Peterson .... digital color producer
Christopher Reichel .... digital intermediate conform editor
John Scheer .... digital intermediate editorial
Rob Sciarratta .... video color timer
Kurt Smith .... color timer
Music Department
Bob Badami .... assistant music editor
Wayne Bell .... composer: original theme
Jay Flood .... composer: additional music
Tobe Hooper .... composer: original theme
Malcolm Luker .... score mixer
William V. Malpede .... music assistant (as William Malpede)
Melissa Muik .... score recordist
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Paul Silver .... music editor: temp mix
Mel Wesson .... ambient music designer
Transportation Department
Greg Faucett .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation (2006-2010)
Russell E. Scott .... picture cars
Other crew
Crisoforo Aguilar .... key set production assistant: additional photography
John Arszyla .... medic
Meg Beatty .... set production assistant
Ken Beggs .... head animal trainer
Allison Bergstrand .... assistant: Mr. Field
Sidney Bowen .... assistant: Mr. Nispel
David Boyle .... Business and Legal Affairs
Brinton Bryan .... additional set production assistant
Doug Carter .... key set production assistant
Simon Cassels .... title designer
Mia Cevallos .... liaison: Chapman
Monique Champagne .... production assistant
Brad Wm. Clark .... assistant: Mr. Nispel (as Brad Clark)
Logan Cooper .... location scout
Shanti Delsarte .... production coordinator
Tiffany Lynn Drucker .... production assistant
Aaron L. Enz .... assistant: Mr. Allard
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor (as Pam Fuller Vasquez)
Josh Gold .... assistant: Mr. Form and Mr. Fuller
Joey Hudgins .... assistant location manager
Susan Jasso .... additional set production assistant
Lauren Kaufman .... assistant: Mr. Form and Mr. Fuller
Nell Kennedy .... production assistant
Kelly Kernan .... location manager
Vas Leonidov .... artistic consultant: Mr. Nispel
Carolyn Mcguinness .... assistant: Mr. Bay
Tammy McKendrick .... production coordinator
Rana Morrison .... location assistant
Rich Newman .... production assistant
Heidi S. Pavey .... production coordinator: additional photography
John M. Pisani .... unit publicist
Gabe Proctor .... additional video playback operator
DeLayne Rasmussen .... assistant production office coordinator
Mikey Reyes .... production and props assistant
Jeremy Roberts .... payroll accountant
Ralph Sall .... album producer
Alicia Utz .... assistant: Mr. Fleiss
Jeff Valeri .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Suzanne Welch .... assistant: Mr. Field
Leigh A. Wilbourn .... production coordinator
Edward Albolote .... assistant: Michael Bay (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Justin Herber .... assistant: Mr. Bay (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Deborah J. Page .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Christopher Scull .... production assistant (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Texas Chainsaw" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content
98 min
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Did You Know?

There's a homage to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) regarding each film's leading ladies Erin (2003) and Sally (original). In the remake, Erin pulls out a knife to unpick a lock. When asked where she got it from, she replies "from my brother". In the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sally's brother Franklin is obsessed with his knife, and at one point in the film gives it to Sally. She never returns it.See more »
Continuity: Jessica Biel's character clearly cuts off Leatherfaces right arm, but at the end while she is driving away with the baby he is holding the chainsaw with his right arm, while his left arm is missing.See more »
[first lines]
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...
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45 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good remake., 29 September 2005
Author: Eikonoklast from New Scotland, Canada.

The horror/sci-fi movie critic Richard Scheib coined the term "Backwoods Brutality" to describe the slew of low-budget movies that emerged in the 1970s which had as their main theme the violent and abrupt destruction of middle-class serenity. The concept has occasionally found expression outside of the horror genre (Straw Dogs, Deliverance), but since Wes Craven's Last House on the Left (1972), it has been a mainstay of the horror genre. Even thirty years later, the basic idea continues to be remade and re-interpreted.

In my view, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is the most successful exponent of the genre. As it often is in the American variations of this genre, the TCM takes the so-called blue state/red state dichotomy to a grotesque extreme: the backroads of the Deep South is another country and its inhabitants exhibit uncontained contempt for every unsuspecting wayfarer. Its use of tension, which is meticulously established in the movie's first 45 minutes, and release -- the last 45 minutes -- is almost elegant in its simplicity. Throughout, violence is used in sparing and sudden bursts until the adrenaline-fueled final act, during which it is mercilessly sustained.

With some minor qualifications, this description also fits Marcus Nispel's 2003 remake. Here the enlarged budget and technical expertise have worked both for and against the film. On the one hand, a variety of new elements have been added to the story. Some, like the mysterious little boy or the ending, are so-so, while others, like Leatherface's skin mask or the "extended family," are effective. On the other hand, the professionalism and attention to detail demonstrated by Nispel and Daniel Pearl (whose cinematography here is magnificent) on down to those responsible for filming locations and set detail, is consistently impressive.

So the basic "tension-release" framework has been lifted from the original but instead of improving on it the filmmakers have saddled it with characters, situations, drama, and violence. (We learn from the DVD extras, happily, that some "tender moments" were left on the cutting room floor.) I give it a 7 because ultimately I think it works as a horror movie on its own terms -- in fact, I don't think a better American horror movie has been made since 2000 -- and Nispel/Kosar deserve credit attempting to revise the concept in minor ways for fans of the franchise. On the balance, however, the original's low-budget guerilla-like realism as well as some of its visceral power has been compromised.

Of note, finally, is the performance of Jessica Biel. Having earned her acting chops on the Christian TV show/cheesefest, Seventh Heaven, Biel has as of late found a niche playing physically tough, but likable and intelligent characters. She's quite excellent here; as it was for the original TCM's Marilyn Burns, Biel's performance is exhilarating and intense -- a kind of endurance test. But one easily believes she has the acuity and toughness to survive the ordeal.

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