The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Best movie ever!
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
The tone of this movie is interesting -- the stakes are both dramatic and high, but it's balanced with a lot of fun, tongue and cheek dialogue.
It is neither dumb nor smart enough to be fun, and spends way too much time with its boring human characters.
So leatherface, the fat kid with a heavy chainsaw runs way faster than the atlethic teenagers. WTF. Its just boring and dumb. Maybe it would Entertain a 9 year old.
BRILLIANT intense and terrifying!!! This is How leatherface should look & in this film he is scary as hell & so menacing. This 2003 REMAKE wipes the bloody floor with the 70s original in my opinion!!! This is so much more frightening & gritty & real & the impact is almost disturbing for the audience watching, great Horror movie infact BRILLIANT in every way & truly scary & that is hard to pull off!!! Leatherface is a beast in this a massive scary monster & that's exactly what he should be & of course we also have the equally terrifying Sheriff the BRILLIANT R.Lee ermey & his performance is incredible!!! A BRUTAL as hell intense survival shocker & the ONLY GOOD film in the whole texas chainsaw massacre franchise
While it may not stack up to the original (how many sequels and/or remakes can?) this movie is an excellent mix of modernized shock horror, perversion and sickening humor to both revile your moral fibers and yet grab hold of your full attention throughout the entire film.This movie is not for those who are looking for (for lack of better words) "clean horror". By that I mean horror movies that stick to the methodical "bad guy kills dumb teenagers" in a scripted and fully anticipated manner that has been rehashed a thousand and one times. If movies like I Spit on Your Grave, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, etc. makes you want to run for the office of the Chairman of the FCC then this movie probably won't be your bag. Now by no means am I saying that this movie goes to the depths of depravity that those classics dove into. Simply implying that this movie (more often than not) crosses that fine line that separates "wholesome horror" from, well, "unwholesome horror". For those that are into Rob Zombie movies, think along those lines in terms of "holy ****, I can't be believe they did that!...cool beans!" reactions..If you think about it, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is really best suited for pushing the boundaries. Unlike other horror mongers such Jason and Friday the 13th, Michael and Halloween, Freddy and Nightmare on Elm Street , the TCM franchise really doesn't revolve around one character. Leatherface is the "closer" but he's really not the main "antagonist". The crazy Hewitt family with it's infinite number of mix and match characters, each with it's own warped proclivities are. In this movie, one of the main charaters (Charlie Hewitt portrayed by veteran actor R. Lee Ermey) definitely steals the show as the depraved patriarch of the clan.Ultimately, to each it's own. But if you go into this movie with a clear mind and being willing to simply accept whatever the movie throws at you, I think you'll be overall surprised. Is it great? No, not in the grand scale of the horror movie universe, but for a "remake", this one is a pretty darn good watch. Bring some popcorn, watch with a friend, leave your high horse at the door.
This remake is not nearly as bad as you might expect, but its also not anything exceptional. The movie has several decent ideas and a few memorable scenes that are ultimately bogged down by its inconsistency.The film makes several notable deviations from the original. The most immediately obvious is the intro that acts as if it is a true crime story. This is an interesting idea and ultimately one of the best new ideas of the movie. In addition to this they also try to change to story in a few key ways that ultimately make you wonder, Why? why not just leave, why not just go smoke your 2 pounds of weed and listen to Lynnyrd Skynrd, why do you have to go to the freaky cannibal house. (I'm aware this is a common problem in these movies but it's very notable here) In the original it made sense why they were there. The most noticeable change though has to be its over reliance on gore.The original movie was relatively bloodless, some people look at this and think that's a good thing, I disagree. To me the bloodier the better, just don't dumb down the actual story, the tension, or build up. Use the gore to shock and thrill but do not use it as a crutch to pretend that it makes something scary, that is this films biggest flaw. The movie frequently just jumps straight into things with little to no setup, and when it does have setup its so obvious anyone who has ever seen a horror movie can see it coming from a mile away. If the creators had noticed this instead of just thinking of how brilliant they were to use deceptive shot lines the films would be so much better.However in its defense the film manages to have several good scenes when its not failing at building tension. The movie has several fairly good chase scenes that to me are easily the highlights. No spoilers, but when it gets its action going it executes well mostly. Especially notable scenes are in the basement and in the slaughterhouse, that is where it hits its stride. its just a shame it couldn't pull off slower areas as well.I don't mean this to discourage you from watching the movie; I do it to warn you. Underneath it's problems are a few good moments that i'm glad i saw, but really i'm just disappointed because if the films creators actually gave a damn this could've been something great.