Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Jordana Brewster, Andrew Bryniarski,
R. Lee Emery, Taylor Handley
RunTime: 1 hr 31 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: R21 (Violence & Gore)
Day: 9 November 2006
Sidney Sheldon, (The Longest Yard (remake), The Amityville
Horror (remake) creates an exciting new fright fest guaranteed
to keep audiences frozen in terror as original of the legendary
horror adventure unfold. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASACRE THE BEGINNING
is next step in an exciting new horror franchise. Michael
Bay (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pearl Harbour, Armegeddon)
returns as producer.
much as this reviewer wishes to be politically-correct in
his reviews, he cannot bring himself to think that anyone
in the right frame of mind would enjoy this horror-fest, and
to even bear thought of asking anyone to watch this movie
there is someone out there who takes pleasure in seeing lots
of mindless blood and gore on the celluloid.
most importantly - overlook the feeble attempt by the filmmakers
to detail the beginnings of one of the most successful cult
horror character of all time – Leatherface.
supposed prequel to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw
Massacre (1974), and well, if you really want us to mention
it, Marcus Nispel’s unnecessary remake in 2003, traces
the origins of the deformed and demented psychotic killer.
The year is 1969 and four unlucky teenage souls cross paths
with the Hewitt family, where a monster is being nurtured
into one of the greatest killing machines of all time.
who are genuinely interested in knowing how Leatherface became
the psycho he is, sorry to report that you will be sorely
disappointed. Other than an obviously pointless prologue that
he was born an ugly baby, there is no other story or character
development for this poor creature.
the sub-plot of the two ill-fated friends who are taking their
last road trip before they are sent to Vietnam for service
still baffles us, because we cannot figure out whether this
carries any intelligent political connotation which contributes
to the story in any constructive way.
some may argue that a movie of this genre does not really
need to cater to the pseudo-film-appreciators, this 91-minute
flick does not offer any good scares (as of most other “horror”
pictures these days). Instead, you may find your patience
level running low as the movie progresses, simply because
you know that the victims will all die eventually, albeit
in different gruesome ways.
of most scream-fests, you won’t be able to recognize
the faces because most of them are TV stars hoping to get
a big break on the big screen. Unfortunately, their performances
are as forgettable as their characters.
that this Johnathan Liebesman-directed movie is without any
grace, as there are a few nicely composed shots of Leatherman
in action. It may not sound appropriate, but these moments
add an odd touch of lyricism to the otherwise gory movie.
you’d not stop to appreciate these moments, because
you won’t be empathizing with the psychotic killer at
all. When Leatherface’s uncle defends him by saying
that “he’s not retarded, he’s misunderstood”,
this reviewer could not bring himself to agree with the statement.
he could think of is Leatherface’s mere unluckiness
to be born ugly. And to have such an ugly movie made about
him in the year 2006.
(Watch this only if you are into blood, dismemberments, watching
people skinned alive and hearing people screaming their heads
off. And good luck trying to find someone to watch it with
by John Li