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2013 Fourteen Days of Halloween Part Three: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Posted by invizweb on October 20, 2013

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Director:  Marcus Nispel

Starring:  Jessica Biel, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Johnathan Tucker, and Andrew Bryniarski

Producer(s):  Michael Bay, Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel, Mike Fleiss, and Brad Fuller

Screenwriter:  Scott Kosar

Studio(s): Platinum Dunes, Radar Pictures, and Next Entertainment

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Run Time: 98 Minutes

When I saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) two years ago, I did not feel outright fear as I did when I saw horror films like Friday the 13th Part VI when I was 12 years old.  I felt a nauseous dread.  I do not think any other film projects such an atmosphere with that type of aura.  In many ways, this film was more fun than the original (well as fun as you can have watching fucking Leatherface dice people apart with his chainsaw) with its references to the original (and possible fan service to the viewers of the 1995 quasi-retcon featuring Renee Zellweger).  Imagine, if numerous scenes of the original was accompanied by orchestral horror scores  or metal music instead of the ominous background noises of the 1974 classic and this is what part of the movie is.  However, as a friend was watching this she can’t help but notice how sexual this film was compared to the original.  I agreed since I noticed that Jessica Beal’s protagonist was wearing a tied off crop top which did not become popular until the 1980s.  Of course this led to discussion from how some of the killers were way obsessed with piercing people with meat hooks to how Leatherface’s chainsaw was his vibrator.  Another problem is that the protagonists were written as dumb stupid jack ass jabronies with no survival instinct whatsoever until the final closing scenes.  But, this is a bloody film with a decent body count and a nice redesign for Leatherface.  Definitely not for the squeamish, though people who watch splatterfests in this genre should be fine.

*** 1/2

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