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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
I am dubious of remakes I must admit, but as I do with any film I cast all pre-conceptions aside and viewed this film with an open mind ....and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
I loved the fact it wasnt bright, garish or glamourized(ie the characters werent all beautiful and enhanced) and that the film didnt rely heavily on gore or the slash factor or special effects as it so easily could have done.
I found the movie refreshing obviously not in content but in how it was directed and carried out, it was well paced,thrilling and disturbing,on different levels and even four days after seeing this film i kept thinking about it...which in my mind a good film always provokes....
most horror films of today i find disappointing, not very frightening and instantly forgettable-sticking to the same old formulas - of dumb ass,two dimensional cliched characters who you couldnt care less whether they live or die, corny jokes ,ludicrous deaths and predictably paced scares and outcomes.
I felt satisfied that this film contained none of those bad elements...although in this film there is little time to get to know some of the characters due to circumstance .
By the way in which the film was shot,paced,and the manner in which it was acted i really wanted the characters to get the hell out of there. I thought Jessica Biel was superb as Erin....she genuinly seemed terrified,distraught,shocked and determined to fight through-out the film for survival. I also felt Johnathon Tucker who played morgan was particularly good....especially in the scene involving his interrogation by the corrupt and sickeningly sadistic sherrif over the suicide of the hitch hiker .....i found it convincing and terrifying at his fear and hopelessness of the situation.
The film wasnt as graphic in its murder scenes as it could have been which i think is commendable...yes it is still gory in parts but the suggestions of some of the characters- such as Pepper,kemper and morgans demises leaves much to the imagination which makes it disturbing.
You get some insight into Leatherfaces motivations for the killings and the hint that there is so much more to the dysfunctional Hewitt clans lifestyle....and crimes than is shown eg I found it disturbing that they stole the child from the hitch hikers family after killing them all and that they display possessions and photographs from their victims as if they were their own.
I recommend this film.....but dont compare this to the original,it seems a pointless exercise , as they are so different and were made in totally different times.