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on 24 February 2017
Original creators' Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel ring the cash registers and 'take the money and run' as this, the first in a long line of 're-imagining's' of their amazing 1970s game changer proves to be an entertaining time waster that looks good, but like most other remakes fails to have anything real cooking under the hood...

Whilst on a road-trip through Texas (natch), a group of pretty people-lite teenagers - led by spunky Erin (Jesscia Biel), her beau Kemper (Eric Balfour) kooky Morgan (Jonathan Tucker), lovers Pepper (Erica Leerhsen) and Andy (Mike Vogel) decide to pick up a traumatised hitchiker, whose covered in blood and babbling on about how they're all going to die. Why they decide to ride with her is anyone's guess, but as I'm not a horror movie screenwriter its clearly not my place to say. Events unfold as the unlucky holidaymakers soon find themselves running for their lives from a oversized maniac (Andrew Bryniarski) who loves nothing more than prancing around in a flesh made mask and chainsawing folk left, right and centre and a disbelieving local Texan law man (R. Lee Ermey) who between them, both make it their business to torture or torment these hapless teens. And you know folks, that's it.

This first remake (or, fifth in the series. Who's counting) is a well meaning attempt that looks marvelous (thanks to returnee Daniel Pearl's excellent cinematography that at times looks like a painting) and features a genuinely imposing Leatherface in the form of Andrew Bryniarski. Both awkward and scarily tall, his 'Face is a brutal force of nature that holds the genuine ace in the hole for this movie. Scott Kosar's screenplay plays with Hooper/Henkel's original storyline but doesn't move too far off the path, ensuring director Marcus Nispel has a generic A to B scenario to shoot the hell out of - which to be fair, he does. Granted, this one doesn't hold a candle to Tobe's first two movies, but its easily the third best in the whole bloody saga. Sure, its generic and doesn't have a novel idea in its head (sorely missing the sickly dark humor or social commentary of the original two entries) but as an empty headed 90 minute horror ride, it certainly hits the mark more than it misses.

Entertainment in Video's UK Blu-Ray release sports a solid transfer with great audio (listen to that 'saw slice its way through a car roof whilst sparks fly) and a plethora of extra features. This release is sold as the directors cut of the movie, but as I couldn't tell the difference between this and the cinema viewing I experienced all those years ago, it maybe wise to ask someone else what's newly restored or edited. All in all, an okay remake that doesn't take too many chances with the material but delivers a great looking gore fest with pretty people, beautiful landscape photography and razor sharp editing. Recommended for what it is.
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on 11 June 2017
very good texas chainsaw massacre film leatherface is terrifying easily one of the best chainsaw massacre films 9
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on 8 February 2016
Excellent classic movie.
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on 22 June 2017
Good remake of a old classic horror movie
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on 14 May 2017
Scary
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on 12 March 2017
Excellent product and delivery services.
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on 10 May 2016
great
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 February 2013
Very rarely I am of the opinion that a remake of a classic film is even better than the original, 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is one of those rare exceptions.

The story is different enough (with new scenes and added characters) from the 1974 classic that I believe it will still keep a lot of people guessing as to what's coming next. It's brutal and an emotional thrill from start to finish. This version benefits from a higher budget, the music is perfect and the acting from all the players in this film (even the side characters) is very strong indeed.

If anything, I think that I much prefer this modern 2003 version, and it is not often (if ever) that I say that.

A brilliant remake of a classic horror movie!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 January 2016
Yes, the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was a classic – or rather a classic if you enjoyed seeing innocent teens getting dismembered or eaten alive by sadistic inbred mutants. But then, based on the success of the nineteen seventies slasher, a lot of people did enjoy watching that sort of thing. So here comes the obligatory up-to-date Hollywood big budget remake. And, believe it or not, it’s actually quite good.

No, seriously – don’t let Michael ‘Transformers’ Bay’s name on the publicity put you off. He obviously didn’t have that much to do with it and was too busy destroying much loved eighties toy franchises to meddle in the Texas Chainsaw’s remake. There’s none of his slow motion camerawork or explosions with those weirdly-pretty fireworks in it.

Instead, what you have is a reasonable version of the original source material. You have the teens. Yes, they’re hardly the most varied bunch in terms of likable characters, but they’re our heroes and they’re just about watchable enough for you to not really want them to be severed in two alive. But no one really cares about them. It’s the villains who steal the show. Of course you have the hulking chainsaw-wielding psycho known only as ‘Leatherface’ who you certainly wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark alley (or small, out-of-the-way backwater American town), but it’s R. Lee Ermey who steals the show as the truly psychotic one (and he never even picks up a chainsaw!).

Yes, it’s not as ‘raw’ as the original. It does a good job of capturing the general seventies vibe, but comes across as a much slicker production all together. And that’s no bad thing. It’s literally a retelling, taking most of the original’s bits and repackaging them in a slightly different way. There’s more to the story as it’s more complex (but not really that much more complex – it’s still a guy in a skin-mask chasing kids around a field with a chainsaw).

If you like your slasher films and aren’t totally put off yet another Hollywood remake of a classic horror gem then give this one a go. It’s a rare example of a remake that’s actually pretty good. This and the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead.
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on 10 March 2014
I was quite reluctant to see this remake. The original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a classic and its for this reason i eventually decided to see it.

I'm not disappointed that i did either :) gory,scary and darkly funny in parts it a good film and stands on it own as a good horror film!!! i would highly recommend it

Extras include making of's,a feature about Ed Gein,music video,TV spots,trailer and more
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