The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
An initially promising, but quickly disappointing retread of Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel's hugely influential horror classic.
'Inspired by a true story' presumably adds to the sordid thrills; maybe we should look forward to entertainments about Nazis torturing children.
Here's a slice of advice: Go to the video store and rent the original.
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.
All the bad-rehash mojo from Friday the 13th to The Blair Witch Project has infected Scott Kosar's script.
... a bloody good time of a B-movie.
Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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.
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.
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.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Quotes
|Sheriff Hoyt:||I smell bullshit.|
|Erin Hardesty:||I didn't go to Mexico to watch you get s**t-faced for four days.|
|Kemper Hardesty:||That's what you do in Mexico!|
|Sheriff Hoyt:||Get her in there God damn it she's deader than a God damn doornail.|
|Sheriff Hoyt:||Lift her up and just kind of pull her over your way there. She ain't gonna bite you. She's deader than a goddamn doornail.|
|Erin Hardesty:||What's wrong with you fu**ing people?|
|Sheriff Hoyt:||(smiles) - Nothing wrong with us.|
|Sheriff Hoyt:||(smiles) Nothing wrong with us.|
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