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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | | Horror | 17 October 2003 (USA)
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After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Erin
... Morgan
... Pepper
... Andy
... Kemper
... Thomas Hewitt (Leatherface)
... Sheriff Hoyt
... Jedidiah
... Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans ... Old Monty
Marietta Marich ... Luda May
... Henrietta
... Tea Lady in Trailer
... Big Rig Bob
... Clerk
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Storyline

Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It's quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface. Written by Love Hewitt

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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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17 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La masacre de Texas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,094,014, 19 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,571,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bumper sticker on Kemper's van reads: "Nothing is true / Everything is permitted," a reference to the movie's "Based on actual events" claims. See more »

Goofs

When turning to go to the mill, a round-bale of hay is seen in the field. The bale is bound with netwrap. In 1973, the only possible binding would have been twine. See more »

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Narrator: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of 5 youths. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected, nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them, an idyllic summer afternoon became a nightmare. For 30 years, the files collected dust in the cold-cases divison of the Travis County Police Department. Over ...
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A Part of Me
Written by Rick Garcia and Rene Reyes
Performed by Rick Garcia and Rene Reyes
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Way Better than I Expected
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The original is a classic, I guess that's why there's a copy of it at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Taken as a remake, this is a good film. The story was different enough to keep me guessing, the characters were, uhhh, fleshed out a little more. While the original at times seemed like a documentary, this one was a straight-up horror movie, though without too many of the cliches that make modern horror movies tedious.

On it's own, this was a very good horror movie. Well-filmed, well-acted, suspensful, with good characters. The kids in this movie are not all just obnoxious kids--they get into trouble because of a good deed, so I found myself rooting for them, even the annoying one or two. The casting of Lee Ermey as the sheriff is icing on the cake; he definitely brought the movie up a few notches.

While not a classic, this remake is worth seeing.


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