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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Erin
... Morgan
... Pepper
... Andy
... Kemper
... Thomas Hewitt (Leatherface)
... Sheriff Hoyt
... Jedidiah
... Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans ... Old Monty
Marietta Marich ... Luda May
... Henrietta
... Tea Lady in Trailer
... Big Rig Bob
... Clerk
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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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Budget:

$9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,094,014, 19 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,571,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2002 Marilyn Manson was announced as the composer for this project. He later had to bow out due to conflicting schedules, though. See more »

Goofs

When the Sheriff is holding the drivers licenses of the three characters who are laying on the ground, what appears to be their date of birth is shown to be the same on all three, 3-11-92. Also, even though they are supposedly from three different states, the printing and information on the licenses are identical. They show the same address, "37218 N. A..." (you cannot see any more of the street name), and you see what appears to be "District Of..." on the bottom line where the state would be. This would mean they all live together and are from Washington, District of Columbia. 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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Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Edward King (as Edward C. King), Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not bad for a re-make of course it didn't have quite the impact of the original. It did a decent job building tension and there was a darker atmosphere to the location, made it seem more nightmarish.

Obviously the film had some advantages from a bigger budget, and R. Lee Ermey is definitely worth watching. As for the family, you had an almost twisted take on 'the dirty south', or in this case southwest, people being more bizarre caricatures, but with the darker and more atmospheric setting it works.

Interstingly, it seems to lack the social commentary of the original, but that is very common with remakes these days. Though there is extensive use of rather effective foreshadowing in numerous scenes.


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