The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Unrated Edition)
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In 1939, a worker has an abortion while working in a slaughterhouse and dies. The deformed baby is dumped in a garbage container and found by a beggar who brings him home. Along the years, the freak creature called Thomas is raised by the Hewitt family, working at a meat plant. In 1969, when the facility gets close down, deformed insane Thomas kills the foreman. His deranged stepfather executes the sheriff that is going to arrest Thomas, and assumes his identity and entitling himself as Sheriff Hoyt. Meanwhile, the brothers Eric (Matthew Bomer - "Flightplan") and Dean (Taylor Handley - "Zerophilia") are traveling in a Jeep with their girlfriends Christie (Jordana Brewster - "The Fast and the Furious") and Bailey (Diora Baird - "Wedding Crashers"). When the group has a car accident, Hoyt arrests Eric, Dean and Bailey and brings them to his house. Christie follows them trying to rescue the trio, trapped in the house of sadistic and insane cannibals, in a trip of horror and gore.]]>
- Commentary by director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
- Deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary
- "Down to the Bone" behind-the-scenes featurette
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
I am a horror fan, i don't accept nor love every movie that is horror but i do embrace the changing face of horror. It is is not the 1970's anymore and some of you need to deal with this. In every genre of film-making things are a changing. The style of film made these days is different to the 1970's as was 1970's film-making different to the 1960's.
Things progress and evolve and I for one am delighted that after 20 years of the orginal the concept of TCM is even still around. Be grateful for the fact that you are even getting a second run of these films after some dreadful 80's and 90's sequeals to the orginal. TCM part 4 would have to be the worst film ever - Thomas was reduced to a transexual of the highest camp - pure stupidy.
So here are producers and directors who are at least producing some horror films and further enhancing the surreal story of the Hewit family with some hardcore gore and a very contempory film-making concept and you guys still have to complain.
You know those who say Rod Zombie got the 70's style in The Devils Reject (another terrfic film) and that TCM: The Beginning didn't are fooling themselves. Film style gives away in both film that it is not 1970's film making and guess what - IT'S NOT THE 1970'S ANYMORE. I like the 1970's slasher myself but gee guys - time has moved on.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got 'Beginning' because I adored the 2003 TCM remake. But this one wasn't even scary. I did appreciate the Easter eggs though.Published 4 days ago by AeroDelite7
This film is trashy, cheap disgusting, and unentertaining. However, it does better as a stand alone film compared to the 2003 remake.Published 22 days ago by paul noles
Well made - good back story to the one made before. Some pretty nasty scenes witch is what you should expect from TCM.Published 1 month ago by celi blazek
I'm going to be honest, out of all the modern slashers I have seen, this one is my favorite. First off, I love the time period and setting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sergei Brentov
This was on television but I couldn't finish watching it so I bought the movie. After I received the DVD it came on TV again. It was suspenseful and I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Bouler
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I hope so but that might be next x-mas...
Jan 17, 2007 by Devon | See all 2 posts
Mine did that. it seems we have cheep dvd players...the disc is fine. trust me.
Jan 17, 2007 by Devon | See all 7 posts
i got the same thing when i ordered mine through columbia house, they dont ship the covers for some reason?
Jun 30, 2007 by Michael T. Wrench | See all 7 posts
|is this a presequel to the remake or the good one?||
its a prequel to the remake
Mar 8, 2007 by N. Richko | See all 2 posts
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