Marilyn Burns (Sally), Allen Danzinger (Jerry), Paul
Partain (Franklin), William Vail (Kirk), Gunnar Hanssen (Learltherface)
Fraught with controversy and even banned in some countries
since its original 1974 release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will either strike people as one of the scariest horror movies of all time, or a shamelessly violent exploitation
A small group of teenagers visiting a cemetery in rural
Texas pick up a mentally unsound hitchhiker, who they subsequently ditch, only to go from the frying pan and into the fire when they discover a ramshackle house occupied by a family of
Adapted by the same true events which inspired Psycho
& The Silence Of The Lambs, it displays a sustained amount of terror which never relents, even up to an ending without any real closure.
Though its cult success has turned it into a horror
classic, it's a very difficult film to watch, both due to its guerrilla filmmaking style and its bloodthirsty content, but nobody can deny its power to disturb.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (18)
D: Marcus Nispel
New Line (Michael Bay & Mike Fleiss)
W: Scott Kosar [based on a screenplay by Kim Henkel
& Tobe Hooper]
DP: Daniel C. Pearl
Ed: Glen Scantlebury
Mus: Steve Jablonsky
Jessica Biel (Erin), Jonathan Tucker (Morgan), Erica
Leerhsen (Pepper), Mike Vogel (Andy), Eric Balfour (Kemper), Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface), R. Lee Ermey (Sheriff Hoyt)
Some clueless Hollywood executive must have watched
the original movie and felt that a remake would be even more disturbing if the audience saw what "Leatherface" looked like beneath his mask made from human skin. It doesn't
It also wasn't a good move to cast R. Lee Ermey
either, especially playing the same character from Full Metal Jacket, except as a sheriff rather than a drill sergeant.
Though it may have a bigger budget thrown at it, it
lacks the austere style which made the original film so stomach churning. It also lacks a more important factor, which would be to make a horror film scary.