The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Bloody … Brutal … Barbaric
I don’t think any words are enough to express in entirety, the fear the movie induces in you. The director has taken absolute care to make sure that enough blood is spilled during the whole horror drama to make the viewer feel as if he himself is drenched in it. Violence and fear being the central idea, the movie to an extent, succeeds in its attempt to horrify it’s audience. Many a times i was able to distinctly feel the chill running down my spine.

The background is set against the economic slowdown phase of the US when jobs were slashed and people were rendered unemployed. The movie starts with a butchery where a woman is slaughtering animals. Suddenly she starts moaning with pain and gives birth to a baby boy. The boy is freakingly weird in appearance and has a disfigured face. This boy is later picked up from the garbage bin by a poor lady. The movie progresses with the aeging of the boy shown as a short visual sequence. On the other hand a pair of couples is shown heading towards a Military base when they meet a sheriff on the highway. This man who is actually a murderer of the original sheriff, takes the three of them hostage in his house while the fourth girl is left behind.

The rest of the story revolves around how this girl enters the house only to see all her friends butchered one by one. One horrible seen which i distinctly remember is when she enters the slaughter house and finds her boyfriend nailed to a slab. She hides beneath that slab as she hears Leatherface (the main charachter) entering the basement. From the slit of the slab she can see the monster with a huge chainsaw in his hand. Then she watches her boyfriend’s body cut into half and the skin of his face ripped off, only for Leatherface to have a new mask for his own face. She tries her best to save her friends but all in vain. Finally she decides to flee but in a utterly predictable “Bollywood” style, she finds Leatherface sitting at the back of the car. The movie ends with the villain drilling the chainsaw right through the car’s seat and the chest of the girl.

Movie is well directed and achieves its aim to an extent – creating a feeling of fear and horror. Certainly not for the weak hearted. Watch the movie at night in a dark room to absorb it the way it is intended to be taken.

My Rating : $$

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer(s): David J. Schow, Sheldon Turner
Cast: Jordana Brewster, Andrew Bryniarski, R. Lee Ermey, Taylor Handley, Matthew Bomer, Diora Baird, Heather Kafka, Marietta Marich, Terrence Evans

Release Date: October 4 2006
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Distributor: New Line Cinema
Genre: Horror, Thriller

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