Double Feature Friday: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)/The Beginning (2006)

I have been reviewing all of the sequels to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and now it is time for the remake and its prequel.  I have made it no secret that I do not like the remake.  I took my wife, the girlfriend to see it upon its release and I left the theater mad.  It was there I realized horror remakes are a bad idea.  Shortly after I was proved wrong when Dawn of the Dead came out and I loved it.  Hollywood started remaking all of the horror films I grew to love, Amityville Horror, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead.

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We’re going to start with the prequel to the remake, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.  I was surprised with this, it is not terrible.  It sure is a lot better than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

It is about two couples driving across Texas on their way to leave for Vietnam.  The two guys are brothers, one has been to Vietnam and the other is a draft dodger wanting to go to Mexico.  We also meet Thomas Hewitt, who is Leatherface, we see how Hoyt becomes the Sheriff.  The things about the movie, it is fresh and similar and feels a little bit more than Jessica Beil walking about and bouncing all over the place.

I didn’t care about the characters, but I found this to be the case with nearly all of these movies.  They are kind of fast paced and you don’t need to know them as well.  I did like the way the boys were dragged into the barn and tortured.

I honestly do not have much to say about this one.  I like it, better than the remake.  I don’t like the absence of the Hitchhiker in this series, well he and Chop Top.  These are pretty much average horror, slasher films.

IMDB.com surprisingly has this at 5.9, not bad.

I am going to give it a 6.0.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.  I saw it opening night, I was excited.  I am a big fan of the series and for some reason I had no doubt this would be good.  I was wrong.

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I’ll have to be honest, I was mad when there was no Hitchhiker character, I mean there was, but I hated her.  I was enraged from the beginning and the inferno burned the entire movie.  I could not enjoy it at all.  A few months later when the DVD was released, I gave it another shot, I fucking bought this damn thing.  But, there was a deal, get the remake and get TCM 2 free.  I could not pass that up.  I popped it in the ole DVD player.  I gave it a fair shot.  I noticed how stylized the movie was, it was supposed to look dirty and grimy, but the cast was so beautiful.  They did not look like “All American” teens or whatever.  It seems like it was a movie to put Jessica Beil’s body on display(not a bad thing).  I also hated the character of the Sheriff.

Andrew Bryniarski as Leatherface…was ok.  He is buried under make-up and his costume.  But there really is not much to the performance.  He is nothing compared to Gunner Hansen who added a lot of emotion to the character. 

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With the remake, I feel like…they tried to take a classic horror movie and do something a little different.  Rather than do a remake, it is more of a reboot, although the prequel is more of a reboot.  They should have started with that and made the remake.  It would have been a different movie to me.  I wouldn’t have expected to see some of the iconic scenes, like the dinner scene at the end of the original.

I hate that I don’t like the remake.  My track record is bad for remakes.  It is Double Feature Friday, so I am giving it one more shot.

How do you feel about this one?

IMDB,com has it rated at 6.2

I have it rated at 5.2

I hope watching it again helps.  It is always good to put fresh eyes on something you haven’t seen in a long time.

 

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There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)