starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker and Andrew Bryniarski
Perhaps that one movie that inspired the big wigs to starts remaking forgotten classics, TCM03 transpires to add what's missing from 1970s original title, meaning it's gonna live up the massacre part in its title.
In 1974, a group of youths in a cross-country vacation found themselves in a predicament they didn't expect; after almost running over a wandering, traumatized girl, the group brought her in their van in hope of finding help. But as they continue to enter a small town, the girl began to panic, pulls out a gun she hid away under her dress, and blew her brains off.
Panicked and confused, the group tries to look for any sort of help they can get, but with the locals and the sheriff being little or no help, and one of them disappears all the sudden, it soon became clear to them something's not right. As night fall, one by one, they fell prey to a cannibalistic family, proceeding to mutilate and murder them through their son: Leatherface.
|Now that's a lamb chop!|
With the year's new found growing love for all things gruesome and torturous, TCM03 found an audience who may or may not love the bodily destruction it should have been doing years ago. However, for those who'd seen the original, this is where the problem comes in; at a fair point, the film really lacks anything for itself, other than the gore, as it's really nothing more than the original TCM with slight differences. In fact, even slasher fans who hadn't seen the original TCM can easily spot on the paint-by-numbers story telling of this film, making TCM03 just as standard as any other slashers that came before it. It lost the nightmarish surrealism of the original (as in anything can happen), the building tension out of the ordinary, the shock value of exploitative theme of cannibalism, and what's left is an average hack and slash movie riding on a classic title.
Still, as a basic as the premise can be, it can still pass on its own strengths as a passable Hollywood movie. As I've mentioned, the movie tried to sell itself by refreshing everything from the original through onscreen gore and crisp retro-feel, even if sometimes those two just doesn't work (It never really felt like the 70s. Must be the hairdos...), so I guess it's better to try and watch this title as if there was no original. Through that, you can tell this movie's excessive gore is it's only underbelly for good praises, with some solid performances and a cool re-designed Leatherface coming by the second. More on the redesigned Leatherface, for my book. (Even if explaining why he wears the mask kinda killed his mystique.)
|So much for Serve and Protect...|
Final Verdict? While not the best remake ever made, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 marked its own as a retelling of a cult hit, made to disgust and scare a new wave of audience. With Teen slashers dying at that time, lazy writers are maybe to blame for this title's lack of creative streak, but, again, so long as the blood runs freely and the saw is back, I'm open to embrace this misfit as a fairer entry to a franchise I never expected to flourish.
1 female gunshot to the mouth
1 male brained with sledgehammer
1 female back sliced open with chainsaw
1 male kitchen knife to the chest
1 male eviscerated with chainsaw
1 male repeatedly ran over by car
2 males killed with chainsaw
|Meat your maker...|