“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003) Reviewed

I don’t care what anyone says, this movie drives like a dream. A retelling of the classic, the makers clearly have a respect for the source material. The story is the same but the details are different. Leatherface is the only mainstay. He’s got a bigger family this time around (maybe too big) and one of them is R. Lee Ermy – more sadistic and malevolent than ever before. Jessica Biel is a solid heroine with a great rack that she keeps wet though the last half-hour. The opening hitchhiker scene is a shocker. Gorier than I expected and darker than most mainstream horror flicks. The cinematography is oddly beautiful and the gritty shit-stained feel of the original remains intact. Pretty brutal, mostly humorless, consistently compelling, and damn scary in some spots. The DVD special edition contains an alternate opening and ending that were wisely cut. 

~ by Number5ive on October 2, 2007.

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