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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre can be found here.
Following a prologue in which black-and-white footage is shown of a police search of the Hewitt house, the story is told of how five teenagers -- Kemper (Eric Balfour), Erin (Jessica Biel), Morgan (Jonathan Tucker), Pepper (Erica Leerhsen), and Andy (Mike Vogel) -- while on their way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in Dallas, stop to pick up a distraught young girl wandering along the roadside. The girl suddenly starts to moan about a 'really bad man' and shoots herself through the mouth with a pistol. After ditching their marijuana, the teens go looking for the sheriff, not knowing that Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) is a Hewitt, a member of a family of inbred psychopathic cannibals.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), which was based on a screenplay written by American film-makers Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper. The 1974 movie was adapted for the 2003 movie by American screenwriter Scott Kosar. It was followed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2012).
The film is very loosly based on Ed Gein, a serial killer from Wisconsin who fashioned trophies and furniture from corpses. The film shows Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski) sewing and wearing human skin, which Ed Gein did do in real life. Besides that, however, the film is fiction.
Yes, it is gorier than the original. We see more shots of Leatherface working with the bodies of his victims, and the actual killings boast more blood and arterial sprays than the 70's version. However, if compared to sadistic horror movies like Saw (2004) and Hostel (2005), it comes off as nothing particularly extreme.
Erin escapes from the meat packing factory and flags down a passing semi. The driver takes her into his cab and offers to get help for her. However, when Erin begins to rant about not going back in that direction, he stops at the diner. Leaving Erin in his cab, he goes to the door to ask for help. Erin slips out of the cab and runs around to the back of the eatery where, looking through the window, she sees Luda May (Marietta Marich), Henrietta (Heather Kafka), and Sheriff Hoyt feeding the kidnapped baby. When they all step outside to talk to the trucker, Erin grabs the baby and runs off with it. She manages to hotwire the sheriff's car. When he tries to stop her, she runs him down then backs over him and runs over him again before driving off. Leatherface tries to stop her, but Erin passes him by, leaving him in the road swinging his chainsaw. The final scene is more footage of two police searching the furnace room in the Hewitt house. Suddenly, Leatherface jumps out and kills them. The commentator says that the crime scene was not properly secured by the Travis County police and notes that the case is still open.
Erin is the only one to survive out of the group.
The song heard at the beginning of the trailer is "Song To The Siren" by This Mortal Coil, from the album "It'll End In Tears" of 1984.
The reaction to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was decidely mixed. Most critics said it was an inferior product to the original, but other people disagreed, so the opinions are spliced. Roger Ebert awarded the movie an infamous 0 stars rating, and displayed much hatred for the picture. James Berardinelli gave the movie 2 and a half stars, claiming it to be overly glossy, but sporting some decent performances and solid scares. Total Film magazine gave it 3 stars, stating that those unfamiliar with the original story would be "soiling themselves", whilst veterans could be "relieved". On Metacritic the film holds a 39/100 average, meaning generally negative reviews. DVD Verdict scored the movie and region 1 DVD an impressive 93/100.
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