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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Reviewed by: Mirko Parlevliet
Rating: 8 out of 10
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Cast:
Jessica Biel as Erin
Jonathan Tucker as Morgan
Erica Leerhsen as Pepper
Mike Vogel as Andy
Eric Balfour as Kemper
Andrew Bryniarski as Leatherface
R. Lee Ermey as Sheriff Hoyt
David Dorfman as Jedidiah
Lauren German as Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans as Old Monty
Marietta Marich as Luda May
Heather Kafka as Henrietta
Kathy Lamkin as Tea Lady in Trailer
Brad Leland as Big Rig Bob
John Larroquette as Narrator

Summary:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an intense, disturbing and excellent remake.

Story:
Five friends are on their way to a concert in Dallas, TX when they come across a girl wandering on the road. They decide to pick her up and learn that something horrible has happened. The two girls and three guys try to find help for her nearby only to stumble upon a nightmare, as they encounter a deadly clan of individuals who would like to see them on their dinner plate that evening.

Critique:
The New Line Cinema horror film, directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, is loosely based on the true story of serial killer Ed Gein (read about the real events here), which did not involve more than one killer or a chainsaw, for that matter. Nevertheless, this Hollywood story will probably strike a chord with moviegoers and leave them thinking about the nature of murderers.

The movie doesn't waste much time explaining the back story of these individuals, you are thrown into the friends' horrific afternoon and night right away. And horrific it is, leaving some gasping for air after the movie is over. If you thought the gore in Bad Boys II was bad, you've got another thing coming. Perhaps it's more the thought that this could have really happened to people and that there has been a serial killer much like this in real life - that's what stays with you the most.

This remake adds some more known talent than the original film did. Leading the pack is "7th Heaven" star Jessica Biel who is not just the beauty, she goes from knowing exactly what she wants in life to just trying to keep her life going. Biel gives an impressive performance and is not just a damsel in distress, a casting coup for the producers. Likewise, R. Lee Ermey gives a commanding performance as Sheriff Hoyt. His character plays with the youths in such a sick way that you just have to hate him, great stuff. Of the other youths, the performance by Erica Leerhsen, who plays Pepper, also stands out.

I think what made the film so good is that it never dives into comedy or parody, it only gets more and more intense to where in the end you're just screaming for them to get out. What also helped was the great cinematography, production design and sound. The movie goes from a nice drive on the road to a gloomy setting and equally gloomy characters. The sets were perfect for adding suspense and for them to be chased by Leatherface. The music and noises will have you jumping out of your seat several times.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an excellent remake that will leave you thinking about the horror long after.

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