The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)



Critic Consensus: An unnecessary remake that's more gory and less scary than the original.

Movie Info

A tale of five 20-somethings whose free spirited road trip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of a monstrous clan of Texas cannibals and find themselves being whittled away by the chainsaw-wielding Leather face.

Rating: R (for strong horror violence/ gore, language and drug content)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Kosar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 2004
Box Office: $80.1M
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as Sheriff Hoyt

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as Teenage Girl

as Old Monty

as Henrietta

as Tea Lady in Trailer

as adolescente

as Big Rig Bob

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Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (40)

An initially promising, but quickly disappointing retread of Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel's hugely influential horror classic.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Top Critic

'Inspired by a true story' presumably adds to the sordid thrills; maybe we should look forward to entertainments about Nazis torturing children.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Here's a slice of advice: Go to the video store and rent the original.

October 3, 2006
Associated Press
Top Critic

The best one can say is that his version is not slavishly in thrall to Hooper's: boring, fright-free and pointless, maybe, but not craven.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

All the bad-rehash mojo from Friday the 13th to The Blair Witch Project has infected Scott Kosar's script.

January 15, 2004
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's R. Lee Ermey of Full Metal Jacket fame who deserves most of the credit for this remake earning its mutilated thumbs-up.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Boring and tedious easily describe one of the poorer horror remakes in the 21st Century. With the lead characters doing nothing but swearing and screaming for the entire film, what's the point of trying to make the audience sympathize with them? Aside from R. Lee Ermey as the corrupted sheriff, the opening with the crime scene is the only aspect of the this feature that's worth watching.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

Deviates from the original movies plot at times and is not as gritty as that film was, but it certainly has more gore and stupid people doing stupid things at times. R. Lee Ermey gives a creepy performance as the sheriff that beats anything the original had to offer, but everyone else is unremarkable. Jessica Biel is just there to look good. It does have some suspenseful moments that make is worthwhile, but ultimately this is more of the same. It's a respectable remake of an influential film, but not necessary.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is yet another misfire in terms of a remake. Before I go any further, I do believe that there are some good remakes old and new, but with this one, the filmmakers failed to really create something good, instead giving horror fans a watered down film that lacks in terms of effective scares and memorable tense moments. The biggest problem with remaking classic horror films is that the studios go for style over substance, and they create something laughable in the process. This film has joined other remakes as one of the worst in the genres history, and it is just a poor attempt at making a quick buck. I think that the film felt rushed and there was no care at trying to create a worthwhile viewing experience. The film has a cast of horrible actors that will never have outstanding careers. Most of them will probably end up acting in critical bombs as they're not talented enough to make a good movie. R. Lee Ermey is the only one who shines here, however I found him to be wasted in such a lacking movie. The film's horrifying moments don't pay off, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre simply plays out like another run of the mill pointless remake that never should have seen the light of day. The cast make it significantly a worst movie, and you simply don't care about what happens to them. The gore elements are there, but what it lacks is the sheer genuine intensity that Tobe Hooper's original delivered so well. Don't expect much from this movie, and you definitely will be disappointed if you're looking for a truly good horror film to watch.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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