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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - Film Review

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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published January 11th 2013
Only For The Thick-Skinned

As a group of youths pass through Texas, they help a disturbed traveller, which leads them to stop at a run down service station. From there on, the situation becomes worse for the troupe; a chainsaw-wielding maniac torments them, along with his inbred family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

It is well regarded that amongst most cinephiles, modern remakes are often considered to be terrible; that is especially relevant when comparing said features, to the fine likes of the original. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake barely casts a shadow over the grisly classic, however with all things considered, it could have been a lot worse. When you think about how the re-imagining of A Nightmare on Elm Street and My Bloody Valentine turned out, it's not too hard to appreciate this one.

Under the talented direction of Marcus Nispel, and screenplay by Scott Kosar, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot brings us a much more graphic, and in your face perspective than the original. With a title that sounds so gruesome, it seems to have worked better with the more restrained direction under Tobe Hooper; for the sake of irony, and the horror is more psychological, rather than a grotesque cop out. Although to be fair, guts and glory seems to be one of the few ways to reel in this younger generation of horror dwellers, and these effects are used sparingly.

Aside from R. Lee Ermey's vibrant deliverance, the acting is neither here nor there regarding quality, but the cast effectively gets the job done. Perhaps the most impressive aspect about this feature is the frequent uncomfortable atmosphere throughout its duration, which too had been captured well in the original film. Although not nearly as scary as this tale once was, its remake well embellishes the so-called "true story" aspect even further, and allows this rather far-fetched scenario to be deemed as a more likely reality.

Despite this reboot being a formula of both strong dedication, and distinct creativity; one issue still remains. Unless you're a die-hard fan of the series, there's no point in seeing this one. If you're desperately seeking blood splatter and gore, watch the Saw films; otherwise why waste your time, when Tobe Hooper's original is often within easy access.


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You can purchase the DVD at Amazon, and JBHIFI.
You can also purchase the BLURAY at Amazon, and JBHIFI.

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