The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) is a mediocre horror lacking an original take.
The story follows five teenagers in the 1970s traveling across Texas to a concert until the hitchhiker they pick up decides to commit suicide. Now with a dead body on their hands, they try to contact the local small town sheriff and stumble upon the only man who can wield a chainsaw, Leatherface, and his inbred family.
Jessica Biel (Erin) stars as the sexy female heroine left to deal with our chainsaw friend played by Andrew Bryniarski. The film contains all the essentials that a horror film should, but that is the problem; it’s nothing new. The most unnerving elements in the film was the sinister character of sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) and the producing credit of Michael Bay.
The original Tobe Hooper film is nothing short of a horror classic. What is scarier than crazy and inbred? It seems that in horror films today someone has to fight back, someone has to battle evil and win. There is no heroine in the original; there is no time to fight when someone is trying to kill you, just run for your life. I think that’s what makes the original scarier, the loss of control and will to fight.
With the original being a low budget undertaking in the 1970’s, the film had qualities like grainy film and lack of background music that actually added to the eeriness of the film. The new film did give the audience more blood and gore, which did take it up on the disturbing scale and I did find that I liked the new look of Leatherface. However, it told the exact same story as the original and lacked taking the next step, building on the original and making the story better.