Saturday, January 2, 2016

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING (2006) was better than the 2003 reboot.

This time around we get to see Thomas "Leatherface" Hewitt being born (on the slaughterhouse floor) in 1939.  Fast-forward to 1969 and the Hewitt's small Texas hometown has dried up and blown away.  The slaughterhouse has shut down, so the family decides to start preying on humans for their meat.

That's an alright premise and the photography is better than in the last film, but honestly, it's still boring.  It's not as visceral, imaginative or as mean-spirited as the story deserves and instead it just comes off as yet another by-the-numbers big studio horror movie.  I've read a lot of TCM fan fiction over they years (and imagined a bunch myself) and there's hundreds, if not thousands, of better TCM stories to tell than this.  That said...passable acting by a boring cast (R. Lee Ermey is far and away the highlight of the film), minor blood, zero nudity, okay pace that slows down towards the end, predictable ending, boring Leatherface.  Yawn.  That one chick had some tig ol' bitties, so not everything was boring.

Part 1 - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Part 2 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Part 3 - Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
Remake/sequel - Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
Reboot 1 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Reboot sequel to original - Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
Prequel - Leatherface (2017)
Direct sequel to original - Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)