Welcome Horror fans! Feind was tired of seeing absolute crap so I saw one from a few years ago that I enjoyed so I watched again for my bloody horror fix. Let’s go back to the beginning kind of…
In 2003 we got the reboot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and while that film gets a ton of hate I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I have no problem with remakes, reboots, redos whatever you want to call them especially when it comes to horror. Why? Most of the classic horror movies we all love like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (I did a little 40th Anniversary tribute HERE) were made on shoestring budgets (the original was made for under $300K) which means a lot can be improved from acting to FX to just overall production. Still not sold? Tobe Hooper (director of the original DUH!) was involved as producer and initially was slated to write the film. Hooper again acted as a co-producer on this sequel/prequel showing us how Leatherface and family got their murderous start. So with that out of the way…
So I was tired and just looking for something to watch that didn’t suck big sweaty donkey balls the other night. After scrolling through numerous horror flicks without a decent one in sight I came across Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. How can you go wrong with R. Lee Ermey and plenty of good bloody kills? That’s right you can’t. I know the horror purists are probably screaming already but hey, write your own thoughts if you wish. We start out with poor baby Thomas Hewitt being born right in the middle of the slaughterhouse. He’s deformed and tossed in the garbage where he is discovered by a starving woman rummaging for a day’s meal. Through the opening sequence we see reports on little Leatherface from obvious psychiatric evaluations telling us he is prone to self-mutilation among many other wonderful attributes of a born demented killer. The opening credits end jumping us up 18 years to fully grown Leatherface as the last employee to leave the slaughterhouse where he was born. The place is closing and since it was the only work place in this tiny Texas town everyone has pretty much abandoned it leaving just the lovely Hewitt family and a few odd stragglers.
I won’t go through the film in detail as either you’ve seen this awesome film or you refuse to watch it for your own reasons. It does an excellent job of showing why the Hewitts turned into what we see in later films (namely the ’03 remake). We see how Leatherface’s adopted father Charlie (R Lee Ermey) becomes Sheriff Hoyt plus a little later in the film we see how he lost his front teeth as seen in the ’03 remake. We find out how Monty lost his legs ending up in a wheelchair and we find out why the Hewitts turned cannibal. We also get to see how Leatherface earned his nickname making his first mask. All interesting stuff at least to me.
There are bloody kills a plenty with all manner of lethal items from a sledgehammer to what this movie is all about, the grisly chainsaw. Also one of my favorite scenes in any movie ever, the awesome cow explosion. I suggest watching the director’s uncut version for the best gruesome effect. No worries no cattle were harmed in the making of this movie. Seriously though the first time I saw this film I was smiling ear to ear and I believe I even clapped that’s how damn awesome it is. As for plot it really doesn’t matter though the characters are developed enough for you to give a shit about their bloody massacres but let’s face it, this is a prequel which means we know none of the Hewitts die and the kids they capture ain’t getting away.
Rather than go on about something you can see I definitely love I’ll just wrap it up here. The only thing I don’t like about this movie is the fact that it’s a prequel. No matter how much the movie tries (and it tries hard) to make you think at least one of the kids might get away, you just know it isn’t gonna happen. Now everyone dying in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie is pretty much a moot point but when you know that none of the Hewitts are in any real danger and none of the young adults are going to make it, it does make it a little tougher to get invested in them. With that said just taking the film on face value as a horror movie… it’s awesome. I know there was plenty of backlash from the original purists but why they didn’t continue with R Lee Ermey and crew I have no idea but I am a huge Ermey fan so I'm a little biased. There’s plenty of blood and gore to satisfy the gorehounds and I know they won’t but after the atrocity that was made in 2013 I know I’d like to see this Hewitt clan return. If you hadn’t guessed The Scribbler Clock Test was never in question and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is most definitely…
*Interesting side note: Director Liebesman directed last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, also a Michael Bay production.
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Feel free to disagree or add your own two cents on the "remake, don’t remake" debate. Hopefully you agree with me but I know most don’t including Cult (usually). Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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