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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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

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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.

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Cast

Andrew Bryniarski
as Thomas Hewitt
R. Lee Ermey
as Sheriff Hoyt
David Dorfman
as Jedidiah
Lauren German
as Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans
as Old Monty
Heather Kafka
as Henrietta
Kathy Lamkin
as Tea Lady in Trailer
Laura German
as Adolescent
Brad Leland
as Big Rig Bob
Andrew Prine
as The Old Man
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Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38)

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

April 16, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

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

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

October 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2/4
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

... a bloody good time of a B-movie.

October 27, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

½

This decent remake is not half as terrifying and shocking as the original masterpiece (how could it be?), while Jessica Biel pales in (an unfair) comparison with Marilyn Burns, whose absolute terror was evident there, but the movie does have its good moments.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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