Being an extremely avid fan of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Gunnar Hansen, Marylin Burns et. al. I was almost sure that the remake would be like any other remake; just a big budget Hollywood production starring A-list celebrities. And for people who like seeing this kind of thing in films, fair enough, it can work. But with a masterpiece as raw and horrifying as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, i believed that C.G special effects and top celebrities would somewhat distract from the horror of the picture.
However, I believe this an extremely rare exception to the rule. The film is an excellent homage to the original, taking the best parts of it, doubling the tension, slotting them back in and then adding a whole lot more. A certain newspaper said that, 'Scary movies are back'. They couldn't be more right. This film does not stop at anything in trying to scare you witless.
The film is brilliantly directed by German-born Marcus Nispel, once highly commended for his music video and commercial direction. This was his first feature film, and what a debut it was. He has tried his best to keep the rawness of the original film, but include more in depth camera detail, and it definitely works very well in this film.
Starring Jessica Biel as Erin, Jonathan Tucker as Morgan and Eric Balfour as Kemper, this movie stars relatively unknown stars in the U.K, with the exception of Biel. This adds to overall quality of the film. Because we have not seend these people before it is easy to imagine that the whole film is a real video filmed by someone there at the time, a horrifying thought.
In conclusion, this film is just as good as the original, if not better and is definitely worth the purchase. If you are of a nervous disposition, make sure you dont watch it alone!!