‘Chainsaw Massacre’ thrills movie fans this Halloween

By on October 30, 2003

“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is sure to change the way you look in your basement. One word describes this movie: gore. The film, supposedly based on the true story of Plainfield, Wisconsin’s cannibalistic grave robber Ed Gein, will have you jumping at the sound of a chainsaw.

Michael Bay (“Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II”) produces the remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic, the first film under his new production company for first-time directors, Platinum Dunes. First-time director Marcus Nispel maintains the look and feel of a horrific, bloody thriller.

Like the original, “TCM” features a group of 20-something’s who stumble upon the terror of a man known as Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski).

The fate of the group is forever changed when they pick up a traumatized young woman on the side of the road. After warning, “you’re all gonna die,” the hitchhiker takes her own life in the van. In the middle of nowhere and faced with the decision of what to do with the body, the group decides on calling the sheriff.

Kemper (Eric Balfour) and Erin (Jessica Biel) decide to check up on the sheriff, leaving Andy (Mike Vogel), Pepper (Erica Leerhsen), and Morgan (Jonathan Tucker) behind with the body. Kemper and Erin arrive at the large dilapidated house of Thomas Hewitt, where a grizzled old man in a wheelchair greets them. Only one would leave alive.

Meanwhile, the group feels temporary relief when Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey known as Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket”) finally arrives. The mood shifts when the sheriff “cops a feel” of the dead body. They have clearly stopped in the wrong town.

When only one of their friends return, the fear settles in and the horror begins. One by one, Leatherface, with the help of his chainsaw, hunts down each unfortunate character.

Reminiscent of the classic slasher films, the run and chase scenes provoke an intense adrenaline rush. Not scared of a little chainsaw action? Then check out the gory collection of body parts in Leatherface’s basement. The basement scenes where we see Leatherface “at work” may prove too gruesome for some. The phrase “I feel sick” was a common response from moviegoers leaving the theatre.

“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is in no way a cinematic masterpiece; however its insidious, spine-chilling nature will certainly thrill viewers this Halloween.


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