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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

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Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer.

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Jonathan Liebesman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordana Brewster ... Chrissie
Taylor Handley ... Dean
Diora Baird ... Bailey
Matt Bomer ... Eric
R. Lee Ermey ... Uncle Charlie Hewitt / Sheriff Hoyt
Andrew Bryniarski ... Thomas Hewitt / Leatherface
Lee Tergesen ... Holden
Terrence Evans Terrence Evans ... Monty
Kathy Lamkin ... Tea Lady
Marietta Marich Marietta Marich ... Luda Mae
L.A. Calkins ... Sloane (as Leslie Calkins)
Tim DeZarn ... Supervisor (as Tim deZarn)
Allison Marich Allison Marich ... Young Luda Mae
Marcus H. Nelson Marcus H. Nelson ... Lackey (as Marcus Nelson)
Lew Temple ... Sheriff Winston
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Storyline

In August, 1939, a worker goes into labor while working in a slaughterhouse and dies after a complicated labor, though the deformed child survives. The possibly orphaned baby is dumped in a garbage container and found by a beggar later, who brings him home. Along the years, the mentally retarded and disturbed boy called Thomas is raised by the Hewitt family in spite of having psychological problems as well as suffering from an unnamed skin disorder, later working in a meat packing plant. In July, 1969, when the facility is closed, the inhabitants move to other places, but the deformed, mentally childlike Thomas flies into a rage after being insulted and kills the foreman. His deranged brother (considered his uncle due to their age difference) executes the sheriff that is going to arrest Thomas, and assumes his identity, wearing his clothes,driving his car though the roads in Texas and entitling himself as Sheriff Hoyt. Meanwhile, the brothers Eric and Dean are traveling in a Jeep with... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Nicole Moore, Detroit, Michigan

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The Only Thing More Shocking than How it Ended, Is How it All Began. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Origin See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,508,228, 8 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,517,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,764,406
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Zachary Knighton was strongly considered for the role of Eric. See more »

Goofs

When Leatherface goes up the stairs to help Sheriff Hoyt, he grabs his chainsaw. When the film cuts to the next shot of him opening and coming through the door, the chainsaw is gone. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Hoyt: As long as we stick t'geth'r th'ain't nuthin' we can't handle!
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Alternate Versions

This is a list of every extra scene on the Unrated DVD 1. A bit more blood when Sloane (Leatherface's mom) is in labor with Leatherface. 2. Two more violent shots of Leatherface smashing his boss's legs with the hammer. 3. A whole new scene where nine bikers, including Holden and Alex smash up the car of the teens, also causing Eric's mirror to break which explains his line ''God Damn it, broke my mirror!'' 4. Some extra dialog when Sheriff Winston and Hoyt (not the sheriff yet.) Where Sheriff Winston tells Hoyt how one of his friend told him how to finger a horse. 5. At the first dinner table scene, Hoyt talks more about the people in the town leaving and we see Leatherface starting to eat. 6. There's a very short conversation with Holden and Alex into Luda Mea's store after Bailey asks where the bathroom is. 7. Hoyt pulls the piece of glass out of Bailey's stomach after the car crash and he licks the blood off of the glass and Bailey screams at him ''You *beep*
  • beep* 8. There is some more dialog in Sheriff Hoyt's car with Eric, Bailey and Dean in it. 9. When Bailey is tied under the table, Leatherface walks into the room and she starts screaming as he stares at her. 10. Before letting Dean do the push ups, Hoyt yells some more at Dean and now, Dean has to do twenty push ups instead of ten. The scene is the same, but Dean just like, goes from eight to eighteen. 11. There is more dialog between Luda Mea and the Tea Lady including the Tea Lady saying how good she thinks Ice Coffee is. 12. Eric's torture scene is a bit longer, it includes some more shots of him getting tortured and an shot from his arm skin getting peeled off. 13. The scene where Chrissie first enters the house is extended a bit, when Luda Mea drops the jar, she cleans up the mess and she throws it into the trash can. 14. Holden's death is more graphic, it includes an extra shot of him getting cut in half. 15. Eric's death has more graphic shots including a piece of flesh flying out of his body and the chainsaw coming REALLY close to Chrissie under the table. 16. The scene where Monty's legs are cut off is extended, there is an extra shot of his legs falling to the ground. 17. During Bailey's death scene, there's an extra shot of Hoyt smiling at Leatherface, before he slits her throat. And there's and extra graphic shot of Bailey's slit throat. 18. In the slaughterhouse, When Leatherface looks for Chrissie in the blood pools, we see an extra POV shot of Leatherface looking into a blood pool, without Chrissie in it, and lots of rotten flesh floating around. 19. During Dean's death scene, there's an extra graphic shot above Dean when Leatherface is still running the chainsaw for five more seconds. 20. Chrissie's death scene includes two extra shots, one is the chainsaw cutting up her belly button, and the second shot is him pulling the chainsaw out of her.
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Connections

Follows The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) See more »

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A Church At The Foot Of The Hill
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14 October 2006 | by mbwormSee all my reviews

Impresively taking "Texas Chainsaw" back to its roots, horror fans and cinema-goers alike should definitely give this prequel to the daring 2003 remake a chance. Although the remake in 2003 was excellent and had a tighter, more involving plot than this film, it breaks a barrier because rather than directly approaching the style of the remake and trying to live up to its success, this equally grisly thriller ignores all of the gloss, cinematography, pacing and story that it was inspired from. Instead, it goes back to the film style which made the nightmare in 1974, a more direct homage to the in your face horror that started it all.

This story is in 1963, right before the events of the 2003 film which took place in the early seventies. Jordana Brewster plays Chrissie, who is on a fun road-trip across Texas with her friends, Eric, Dean, and Bailey, played well off of each other by Matthew Bomer, Taylor Handley and Diora Baird.

Shortly after the terrifying, recognizable psycho Leatherface commits his first murders, a cross story involving an encounter with some nasty bikers throws the doomed teenagers flipping across the road in a surprisingly brutal accident.

After Sheriff Hoyt arrives (R. Lee Ermy in another chilling performance), to take control of the scene, the nightmare begins for Chrissie's friends as she watches them get taken away in his police car, unknowingly headed for the house which would become a place of torment and nightmares for years to ensue.

Appropriately gory and no-holds barred, Jonathan Liebesman creates a tight, slick and sadistic thriller in the eyes of Chrissie as she endlessly attempts to rescue her friends from a demented madman's clutches. This is a highly worthy and satisfying entry in the horror series that will make an indelible mark on your imagination, if not already done by the seemingly endless spew of remakes and graphic horror films.


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