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THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

 
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At Theaters: 10/17/2003 On Video: 3/30/2004
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419962
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Based loosely on true events that inspired the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the new film centers around a group of friends whose free-spirited roadtrip becomes a terrifying descent into madness when they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community.
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Thriller Suspense - This slasher horror movie is aimed squarely at the older teen/young adult audience. The film's violence alone makes the film inappropriate for children. Not for the squeamish.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jessica Biel THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, SUMMER CATCH
Eric Balfour SECONDHAND LIONS
Erica Leerhsen BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS
Jonathan Tucker THE DEEP END
Mike Vogel GRIND
Director: Marcus Nispel Feature Film Directing Debut
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, 19 S-words, 15 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief but raunchy sexual situations.
VIOLENCE: Numerous bloody killings, mutilations, etc.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana and cigarette smoking.
ACTION: Foot chases.
COMEDY: Darkly humorous lines and situations; drug humor.
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Poor

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Nevertheless, after the slow, deliberate start, there's plenty to keep both casual horror viewers and die-hards involved. There's nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking here, but the film delivers with enough consistency to warrant a qualified recommendation for those seeking a few extra scares at this time of the year.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Terrible "The new version of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Like the 1974 version, this somewhat altered version is shorter on graphic bloodletting than you might expect, partly because of so much action taking place in dark locales. And though it, too, supposedly takes place in the early '70s, a few references to Lynyrd Skynyrd are the only bows to period detail.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Very Poor "...this new SAW film is so utterly unimaginative it doesn't even count as hommage; it's just a smudgy copy of a still chilling original.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 69 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
Very High
92%
13-19Teens (F)
17
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
19
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
5
High
80%
30+Adults (F)
5
Fairly Low
60%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As is ALWAYS the case with horror movies, the opinions are mixed. However, these opinions are quite a bit higher than I'm used to seeing on horror movies. Only a relatively few moviegoers didn't like it at all and the majority rated it very high.

As could be expected, the guys enjoyed it more than the ladies, but not by much more. Even the few adults enjoyed it, especially the males.

If this looks like your type of movie GO SEE IT! Your chances of enjoying it are quite good.

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Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
On August 20th, 1973, police were dispatched to the remote farmhouse of Thomas Hewitt, the former head-skinner at a local slaughterhouse in Travis County, Texas. What they found within the confines of the cryptic residence was the butchered remains of 33 human victims, a chilling discovery that shocked and horrified a nation in what many still refer to as the most notorious mass murder case of all time. Wearing the grotesque flesh masks of his victims and brandishing a chainsaw, the killer, known as "Leatherface,” would gain infamy when sensational headlines were splashed across newspapers throughout the state of Texas: "House of Terror Stuns Nation – Massacre in Texas.”

Local authorities would eventually gun down a man wearing a leathery mask and declare they had their killer, which abruptly closed the case; however, in the years that followed, many close to the grisly murder case would come forward to level accusations that police had botched the investigation and knowingly killed the wrong man.

Now, for the first time, the only known survivor of the killing spree has broken the silence and come forward to tell the real story of what happened on a deserted rural Texas highway when a group of five young kids inadvertently found themselves besieged by a chainsaw-wielding madman, one who would leave a trail of blood and terror that would forever become known as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
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