On August 20th 1973, police were dispatched to the remote farmhouse of Thomas Hewitt, a former head-skinner at a local slaughterhouse in Travis County, Texas. What they found within the confines of his cryptic residence was the butchered remains of 33 victims, a chilling discovery that shocked and horrified a nation in what many still call the most gruesome mass murder case of all time. Brandishing a chainsaw and wearing the grotesque flesh masks of his victims, the killer became forever known as "Leatherface" when sensational headlines were splashed across newspapers throughout the state of Texas: "House of Horrors Stuns Nation - Massacre in Texas." Police and FBI eventually gunned down a man wearing a leathery mask and declared they had their killer and abruptly closed the case. However, in the years that followed, many close to the grisly murder case would come forward to level accusations that police had botched the investigation and knowingly killed the wrong man. Now, for the first time, the only known survivor of the killing spree has broken the silence and come forward to tell the real story of what happened on that deserted rural Texas highway when a group of five young kids inadvertently found themselves besieged by a chainsaw wielding madman who would leave a trail of blood and terror that would forever be known as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (From Yahoo Movies)
My Thoughts: (Reviewed by K-Billy)
Ok first off I really enjoyed the original TCM, so I have to say that this one doesn’t really compare to the original, and in fact I’m glad they didn’t remake it exactly as it was, some elements are changed and this makes this new film feel fresh. Second, I really feel the need to say that horror films have been going down the fucking toilet for years now, and it’s really starting to make me mad. They no consist of nothing more then people having sex, and getting killed while doing it. Also and this is the biggest slap in the face, they are turning horror movies into goddamn comedies. I don’t want to laugh at a horror movie, I want to be scared. With that said I am proud to say that there is absolutely no sex in this movie, in fact there’s no nudity either. The one sexual thing is Jessica Biel as Erin prancing around in her small tee shirt. Secondly there is nothing that is funny in this movie, besides the sheriff, who is so in such a sick and demented way that you don’t laugh because it’s disturbing. Now that’s humor in horror movies I can deal with.
This movie deals with teens driving to a concert. A girl gets in there car and commits suicide. It’s obvious she was mentally unstable after suffering trauma, but the teenagers don’t know why. On their quest to try to hand the body over to the sheriff all hell breaks loose as they are one by one taken and killed by Leatherface (who actually wears people’s faces skinned off of their heads) and his demented family. I’m not really going to comment on the acting considering anyone in this movie is in it to either die or scream. Although Jessica Biel looks very nice in her wet t shirt.
It is nice to see that for the most part this film doesn’t fall into the category of why the hell would she ever go in there, or he’s right behind you. Most of it is believable. The violence in this film is sometimes implied, and other times displayed. And when it’s displayed it’s fairly gruesome. People get their legs cut off with chainsaws, get hung from hooks, have their faces skinned, lose arms, and get sliced up the middle. This is not a film for the feint of heart. While this film isn’t going to win any Oscars it’s definitly a step in the right direction for horror films. Less comedy, sex, and drugs. More horror
Starring Jessica Biel and R. Lee Ermey
Directed by Marcus Nispel
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