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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie

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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.

Marcus Nispel and New Line Cinema produce an updated version of a classic horror film based on the true events in Travis County, Texas. But fans of the classic horror flick might be disappointed when they realize the film has been reduced to a dumbed-down teenage horror movie. The demographic for  this movie is young twenty-somethings starving to see Jessica Biel run around in a tank top and low-riding jeans. 

Although this may be the case, the flick has a couple of redeeming points. For instance, the casting of the villains/family was dead on and helps amplify the level of horror in the film. Secondly the newsreel footage provides an unique touch which sets the scene for movie-goers who are probably too young to remember the original 1974 film by Tobe Hooper. 

The biggest pitfall of the movie is the horrible teenage casting with the exception of Jessica Biel. None of the characters besides Biel have any level of believability or acting prowess whatsoever. At a certain point in the movie you're just waiting for the kids to die so that movie can be over before you scratch your eyes off.

In the end if your not a young twenty-something whose a fan of teenage horror flicks this might not be the film for you. Fortunately for New Line Cinema, since the film was budgeted at a mere 13 million dollars it is certainly destined to make a profit.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Cabin Fever (2003)

Jessica Biel (Actress, The Rules of Attraction, Summer Catch, 7th Heaven (TV))

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

House of the Dead (2003)

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Box Office Info:

Jessica Biel (as Erin)
Jonathan Tucker (as Morgan)
Eric Balfour (as Kemper)
Andrew Bryniarski (as Leatherface/Thomas Hewitt)
Erica Leerhsen (as Pepper Harrington)
Mike Vogel (as Andy)
R. Lee Ermey (as Sheriff Hoyt)
Terrence Evans (as Old Monty)
Stephen Lee (as Dobbs)
David Dorfman (as Jedidiah Sawyer)
Heather Kafka (as Henrietta Sawyer)
Lauren German (as Jane)

Directed By: Marcus Nispel
Written By: Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper
Produced By: New Line Cinema

Release Date (US): October 17, 2003

Length of Movie: h min

MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content.

Filming Location: Austin, Texas

Budget: $13,000,000

Opening Weekend: $28,094,014

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Soundtrack

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1. Leatherface
2. He's a Bad Man
3. Erin and Kemper
4. Hewitt House
5. Driving with a Corpse
6. Kemper Gets Whacked/Jedidiah
7. Crawford Mill
8. Interrogation
9. Andy Loses a Leg
10. You're So Dead
11. Hook Me Up
12. My Boy
13. Morgan's Wild Ride/Van Attack
14. Mercy Killing
15. Prairie House
16. Final Confrontation
17. Can't Go Back
18. Last Goodbye

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