The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
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The only thing more shocking than how it ended is how it all began! Born under unspeakable circumstances, a young orphan is taken in by the sick and demented Hewitt family and soon the seeds of a deranged murderer are planted. When two brothers and their girlfriends stumble across the house of horrors. Leatherface reveals his ravenous appetite for chainsaws and torture as the teens fight to survive.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a prequel to the recent remake of Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 splatter film, with an emphasis on the vogue for torture and bottomless depravity that characterize contemporary horror. As one might expect, The Beginning is just that, an origins tale about the Hewitt family of backwoods Texas. Step-by-step, we discover the source of their taste for human flesh, penchant for snaring young people passing through, and, most of all, how young Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski) came to choose his favorite power tool and wear a mask made of someone elses flesh. R. Lee Ermey is very effective in his perverse authority figure mode as Hoyt, the lawman who earned his badge through unorthodox means and now supplies specialized food to the Lone Star cannibals. Much less interesting than Hooper's two Massacre films, The Beginning (on which Hooper has a production credit) is not so much a tribute to the films he directed but a more sadistic continuation of the franchise. --Tom Keogh
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Year Made: 2006
Let me start by saying that when I review a film, I like to do so without compairing to others. To read exactly what I think of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 version, feel free to read my review on that film. I'm not going to compair, I'll just tell you what I feel with this film on it's own merit. Lets begin...
The package. 4 Stars. The cover looks brutal, with what would be a face of a person that Leatherface cut off and did some nifty stitch work. I was dissapointed that when I opened up the CD case though, mine had no inlay inside at all, only the disc. hmm Not sure if this was normal or not but thats it. The extras on the disc are very nice and the CD is easy to pop out and yet the holder holds it into place very well. I hate when cases are put together bad and it's a nightmare to pop out the disc, this one is no problem. So all and all, I love the cover art, but was let down by the fact, no inlay at all.
Spook Meter. 5 Stars. WOW, what can be said here except well, BRUTAL. This film is just creepy. I will never look at a sheriff the same way again after seeing the sheriff in this film. The family is creepy and the sherrif played the role extreamly well. I don't think I would ever want to meet that guy face to face, he played the role that well. I did not sleep to well after watching this film. This film is very intense, brutal horror plain and simple. This is not a "fun campy" type horror film by any means. This is a film that was made to make the viewer very umcomfortable and it does a great job at that. We see in this version of the film just how Leatherface became who he turned into later in life. I really liked how this movie started and did a great job explaining different things. Well acting overall, some parts I thought with some of the kids could have been a bit better acted out, but the sheriff and the family more then make up for that. Leatherface is very intense, I love how he at times would turn off his chainsaw for a moment and seach around for his victim, then start it back up when it felt he was near them. Little things like that can really add to the creepy feel and it did. He did not have his chain saw going all the time and when he did have that thing revved up well... hahahha read on.
Gore Meter. 10 Stars! Oh wait.. It only goes up to 5 stars max. Ok, 5 stars!! The blood, gore is very extream in this film! While some horror films show the action and then leave a lot to your imagination, this film goes the other way in a big way! Just remember if you watch this, it's fake blood and people are not really being killed. You will have to say that to yourself a few times to get through this. I don't like to give much details away when I do a review. Let's just put it this way. Most all horror films don't even come close to the gore level that you will see when watching this. If you have a weak stomach, AVOID this movie. Personally I LOVED all the blood and gore. In this film it just came together very well.
Profanity Meter. 5 Strikes. I can deal with gore, I can handle a creepy movie and thats fine. I was dissapointed that the profanity is also very extream. I just personally find profanity to actually take away from a film. Lucky for me I have a DVD system that cuts out language and it was working overtime when I played this.
Sexual Meter: 1 Strikes. Nothing sexual in this film, just a ton of violence and gore.
Final thoughts: This film does what it was meant to. It explains things very well and it is not a comfortable film to watch. With that said, overall I was very pleased with how well this was made. There are a few setbacks that I named above but I really overall loved this film. If you want a to watch a horror film that will freak you out and does not hold back the brutal violence, this IS the film to watch. I have to say, I really hope there IS another Chainsaw film in the future. I love this film, and I can't get enough of the Hewitt Family!! Leatherface! Keep that chainsaw warm and I hope you return to the big screen again soon!!!