Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Rated) 2006 R CC

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Four friends on a road trip get into a car accident. The deranged sheriff arrests them and brings them to his house of sadistic and insane cannibals in a trip of horror and gore.

Starring:
Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Rated)

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Jonathan Liebesman
Starring Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley
Supporting actors Diora Baird, Matt Bomer, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Bryniarski, Lee Tergesen, Terrence Evans, Kathy Lamkin, Marietta Marich, L.A. Calkins, Tim De Zarn, Allison Marich, Marcus H. Nelson, Lew Temple, Cyia Batten, Emily Kaye, John Larroquette
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

There is a distinct lack of tension or build up to the violence.
Chet Fakir
I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did but was truly captivated from the get go.
Nik
If you love horror and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the you need this movie.
North Gate

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Uhnghrid on January 13, 2007
Format: DVD
Well, it's a generic horror film, of course. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how unpredictable the plot is. It doesn't follow that sort of formula where it's obvious what's going to happen and who's going to die. The flow of events is actually quite dynamic and interesting. This makes the movie much better than one might expect.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ScottJ on January 9, 2007
Format: DVD
Let me start off by saying that I have seen a many number of horror films over the last 8 years. When I mean many, I mean I have seen about 70% of all the horror movies made over the last 8 years. So when Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning came out, I went and saw it in the movie theatre. AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES INTO THIS FILM, I COULD EASLY SAY THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.

The people who made this film accomplished a very rare thing. THEY MANAGED TO CREATE THE MOST BRUTAL, GORY, RAW, AND VIOLENT FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN! There are probably some people who can't even sit through watching a film this violent. All of the camera, music, and photography work are nothing short of perfect when it comes to shooting violence and brutality. I really have never seen anything like it in all of my life. All of the violence seems to just jump right out at you while you're watching this film. EVERY SCENE THAT INVOLVES VIOLENCE IS SET UP TO BE HEARD AND SAW UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

I'm not saying this is a great horror movie because after seeing it I realized there can be too much violence and pain in a horror movie. Nowadays isn't that what some fans want though? Don't some fans want to be totally shocked and scared the hell out of when they watch a film? That is why I give this film 5 stars because it manages to show you the most violence and brutality that a horror film can have to offer at this point in time.
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Anton Ilinski on December 5, 2006
Format: DVD
I was a bit sceptical going to a theater to watch "TCM: the Beginning". What can they possibly do to surprise me or to shock me whatsoever? - I thought. - What haven't I seen already to be touched by this? Furthermore it's the good old Texas Massacre, it's been remade once - what can there be in the prequel that was not in the three year-old remake? This "wrong time, wrong place" kind of movies which once produced a very nice example with a perfect title "Wrong Turn" seemed to tumble down into a dull routine like a genre of teen-slasher movies did a couple of years back. But... not yet. This one haven't tumbled.

Two brothers with their girfriends hit a cow making a total mess on a rural road in Texas. Sheriff arrives and soon we get to know he's not an ordinary sheriff. When he takes them to his isolated house you know already a REAL mess is about to happen. Yes, many wanted to know how Leatherface became what he's infamous for. And that's not the main interest of the film although we are told the whole story in the first 10 minutes. Surprisingly R. Lee Ermey's sheriff Hoyt steals the show here, making even Leatherface look like an innocent boy, and showing himself at his insane, maniacal best. So, like stepfather, like stepson...

What "TCM: the beginning" offers us after the four friends get into the house, is a true nightmare. You haven't seen anything like this neither in previous TCM nor in other films alike. I won't even mention the quantity of gore and all the physiological details of what's happening, but emotionally this movie just leaves you speachless. It's so dark, relentless and morally exhausting you won't believe it. It's intense to the extent I wanted to yell at times: Stop it! That's enough!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Devan on December 22, 2006
Format: DVD
First of all, anything that came after the 1974 classic should not fall into immediate comparison. I hate it when these Internet critics take the remake, the sequels or this recent endeavor of the 'Chainsaw' franchise and line it up toe-to-toe with Tobe Hooper's masterpiece. It can't be done.

Having gotten that out of the way, I'll admit that I loved 'The Beginning' a lot more than the remake it is preceding. Afterall, everything they wanted to do in the remake is on full display here, and I can only point out one useless homage to the original that was probably intended for the remake itself (the heroine launching herself through a glass window to evade her maniacal captors). Aside from that, there is nothing about this film that I didn't like. In an hour and twenty minutes' time, I was put through the wringer and actually had to wipe my sweaty palms on the seat a few times because I was so caught up in the mayhem that unfolded, however unapologetically, in front of my eyes. Coming from me, that's a major compliment to how tense this particular installment was.

'The Beginning' takes place a few years before the remake (I would say the original but this revisits the Hewitt family, not the Sawyer family) and for a series of movies that are infamous for portraying scream queens falling under the clutches of a chainsaw-wielding maniac, this particular movie wears a lot of ambitions on its sleeve, especially when it comes to examining the psychological and situational underpinnings of this family's sick behavior. Depending on your stomach, you will either grow to understand Leatherface's actions or even pity him altogether. 'The Beginning' elevates Leatherface (Thomas Hewitt) from mere slasher status to a tragic character of, dare I say it, Greek proportions.
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