This remake of the 1974 original fails to live up to the original in every aspect. There are only three reasons to show interest in this flick: John Laroquette once again does the opening and closing monologue, R. Lee Ermey is great in every role he’s had, and gratuitous violence and gore. As a matter of fact, the violence and gore are also one of the great downfalls of this movie. Where the original attained it’s shocks and scares from terrifying events and unimaginable situations, this movie tries to get it’s shocks and scares from the gore alone. The characters have absolutely no motivations for their actions, and are a perfect demonstration of characters being moved more by the writer’s hand then by events in the story. One example is when the local sheriff (Ermey) is checking out a suicide, picks up the gun used in the suicide and places it into and his empty ankle holster, making it apparent that it’s his weapon, yet the characters watching him don’t find this odd at all. Jessica Beil is the girl in peril, and looks and acts extremely out of place for the time period in which this flick is supposed to take place. Then there’s the biggest letdown of all, Leatherface. You’ve never seen him without the mask of human flesh until now, and it’s a huge letdown. Fans have always assumed that he wore the masks to represent different facets of his personality. In this remake, he wears the mask simply because a skin disease has rendered him ugly. The worst insult to the fans is the ending, which was completely borrowed from The Blair Witch Project. Ninety-nine percent of the time remakes fail to live up to the originals, as this one did. Fans of the original TCM will hate this movie, but anyone whose never seen the original will say this is awesome. Take my advice and watch the original before you watch this remake.
About Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Starring: R. Lee Ermey, Erica Leerhsen, Andrew Bryniarski, John Larroquette, Lauren German, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Marietta Marich, Kathy Lamkin, David Dorfman, Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Terrence Evans, Harry Jay Knowles, Heather Kafka, Brad Leland, Mamie Meek, Scott Martin Gershin
Director: Marcus Nispel
MPAA Rating: R
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