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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R (for strong horror violence/ gore, language and drug content)
Genre:
Horror
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Cast

Mike Vogel
as Andy
Eric Balfour
as Kemper
Andrew Bryniarski
as Thoomas Hewitt
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
Laura German
as adolescente
Brad Leland
as Big Rig Bob
Mamie Meek
as Clerk
John Larroquette
as Narrator
Andrew Prine
as The Old Man
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Critic Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38)

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Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
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.

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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

New Line celebrates the improbable artistic success of "Chainsaw" Jr. with a surgically sharp two-disc "Platinum Edition" DVD set.

June 4, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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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