After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.


Marcus Nispel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Biel ... Erin
Jonathan Tucker ... Morgan
Erica Leerhsen ... Pepper
Mike Vogel ... Andy
Eric Balfour ... Kemper
Andrew Bryniarski ... Thomas Hewitt (Leatherface)
R. Lee Ermey ... Sheriff Hoyt
David Dorfman ... Jedidiah
Lauren German ... Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans Terrence Evans ... Old Monty
Marietta Marich Marietta Marich ... Luda May
Heather Kafka ... Henrietta
Kathy Lamkin ... Tea Lady in Trailer
Brad Leland ... Big Rig Bob
Mamie Meek ... Clerk


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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Crime | Horror

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

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One of the characters is named Kemper. Kemper is the name of a serial killer and necrophile from 1973. He is often referred to as the co-ed killer. He is known to have killed ten people including his paternal grandparents and mother. See more »


Erin's shirt is tied in a knot for the entire movie. However, twice the shirt is not knotted...when running to the closet in the second house her shirt flops around but is again tied as soon as she is sitting with the rats. It is again loose as she runs outside in the rain by the meat factory - tied as she is sitting in the truck. 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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A new remake from classic Hooper film with high budget and lots of violence and gore
6 November 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An idyllic journey in southern Texas driving a van by a group of young people(Jessica Biel,Eric Balfour,Jonathan Tucker,Mike Vogel,Erica Leerhsen) becomes a nightmare when they pick up a young girl. A disgrace is committed and they are looking for the sheriff(R. Lee Ermey). Later, they wind up in the nightmare clutches of a homicidal family who kill and eat passing travellers; finally are pursued by maniac Leatherface wielding a chainsaw.

This film contains images of graphic violence and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. The movie packs grisly horror, tension, mayhem, horrible gore and lots of blood and guts. The creepy screenplay by Tobe Hooper-also author of original script- and lavish production by the great Joel Silver along with Hooper. The motion picture is well directed by Marcus Nispel.

The film is based on real events about the secluded farmhouse of Plainfield (Wisconsin)handyman Ed Gein,( Leatherface character) who admitted today he disembowelled and butchered the body of old widow, authorities found the decapitated boy hanging in Gein's woodshed, gutted out and strung up by the heels. Investigators have also discovered the head and face of 54 years old woman. Portions of the bodies of ten or more people had also been found among the body parts, human skulls, furniture made of human skill, box full of noses, skin from a human head, a belt made of female nipples, one small skull believed to be that of a six-year-old child. Authorities suspected cannibalism. The Ed Gein grisly killings made horrendously startling to people. The Geins lived a fairly good distance away from Plainfield little town. When we look at Gein's life , we just have this sense of incredible isolation from any human contact, except with his crazy mother. He grew up in a household with an alcoholic and abusive father and a mother who was very domineering. She was a fanatic and did not let Ed or his brother to have much to do with the outside world, because there were sinners out there.The mother denied them any meaningful relationship with the outside world and particularly with women . So Gein grew up with this very powerful ambivalence towards his mother and he developed this resentment and hatred . Gein was looked at as the nerdy kid that his contemporaries would poke fun at, which also tended to confirm for him a lot of his mother's paranoia. Gein's house really was a symbolic representation of what was going on his head. He kept many dentures and human bodies around.Firsly, he started robbing graves. Gein said that he had begun to do this a few years after his mother's death. He almost seemed to take a glee in creating novel artifacts out dead bodies, and various human handiwork .He would make bells made out of nipples and used human shinbones to prop up a coffee table, plus took the tops of skulls and inverted them and used them four soup bowls and upholstered a chair in human skin. Like the film, he cut the faces of corpses and used them as masks and flayed the top of the torso of one of his victims and also created some leggings. After he began to sew together these parts of skin from various corpses, events correctly reflected on this creepy movie.

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Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre See more »


Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,100,000, 19 October 2003

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