Monday, January 28, 2013
Bloody Sawn Beginnings: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2005)
starring: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer and Diora Baird
...Seriously? Y'all hating this masterpiece, seriously?
I don't know whether it's the bad advertising, or the fact a lot of people is just tired of going through the same splat attack ever since movies like SAW and Hostel took over that year, but one thing is certain about this movie and that is it deserves a second loving.
At a meatshop in 1939 Texas, an obese preggie dies at work while giving birth to a sick yet breathing baby boy. The manager then carelessly threw away the baby to a nearby dumpster, where so happens a young Mae Hewitt was scavenging for meat and finds him. She took the baby home with her, thus begins baby Thomas' life as a Hewitt.
All the while, two brothers enlisting to go to Vietnam are traveling cross country with their girlfriends got in a hustle between a biker gang, who one of them proceeds to stalk and chase them in a robbery attempt later on. Unfortunately for the biker chick, "Hoyt" got there and quickly murders her, before abducting the teens; one of them, Chrissie, got thrown out and lands further away during the crash, obscuring her from the rest, forcing her to watch everything unfold in front of her. By the time Hoyt takes away her friends, Chrissie has no choice but to muster up and follow them to the Hewitts, gone mad from hunger and poverty. But can she save them all from being lunch meat if what's she's up against is a hulking brute armed with a chainsaw?
Let me first point out the movie's limitations; while it has some great plot angles, TCM The Beginning is still a slasher film that does everything by the book with nothing more to stand out than the point it's an origin story and it has more gore compared to the 2003 reboot. It tries to compete with the torture filled cinemas of that year, leaving it to do more gore shots rather than genuine scares. Now, I already accepted that majority of our modern slashers lacks any real scares (with varying level of tolerance) and their main focus is often in piling up bodies in every creative way possible, but what it lacks in that department, I often look elsewhere, and in here, I find it in the flow of the story and the actual tone of it.
1 female dies from birth complications
1 male sledgehammer to the head
1 male shot on the head with shotgun
1 female shot with shotgun
1 male sliced in half with chainsaw
1 male ran through with chainsaw
1 female throat cut with shears
1 male ran through the chest with chainsaw
1 female gets chainsaw through the back
2 males ran over by car