Monday, April 19, 2010

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

The weekend of awesome remakes continues at casa de Scream Queen.  Next up, we have The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Honestly, this is one of my favorite horror remakes.  I know, I shouldn't love a butchering of a classic, starring Jessica Biel, no less, but this is a pretty good flick.

The premise is the same as the original -- a bunch of good-looking twenty-somethings are on a road trip through rural Texas.  Except this time, they're coming from Mexico and headed for a Skynard concert, not checking on Grandpa's corpse.  We also don't have a Franklin in this one, much to my relief.

Furthermore, this little group of wanderers does not happen upon an abandoned house because it's their grandfather's.  On the contrary, they have a little suicide mishap in their car and get directed to a "meeting spot" with the sheriff.  I understand that this was the 70s and everyone was pretty laid back, but if someone ever told me to drive to an abandoned house with a dead body in my car to meet up with law enforcement, I would say no. freakin. way.

So, as you would expect, the middle of nowhere is not a good place for a rendevous, especially when you run into a creepy little mutant kid and then decide to split up.  Not a good plan for anyone involved.  All goes to hell after this, with us getting a little background on Leatherface (skin disease) and a random storyline about a stolen baby (never quite understood that one)

This movie is definitely more gory and fast-paced than the original, but lacks the overall creepiness of the 1974 version.  Definitely an awesome remake though.
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Vegetarian Cannibal said...

I liked both versions of the film, but I prefer the '74 version.