Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, Matt Bomer, R. Lee Ermey
Witness the birth of fear
Back in 1939 down in Texas, a woman died after giving birth to a deformed baby in a slaughterhouse. The baby is dumped in a nearby dumpster, but found and raised by a demented and bloodthirsty family.
Thirty years later, two couples are spending their last weekend with their girlfriends before they are leaving to participate in the Vietnam War. They get into a car accident that gets them involved with the self-proclaimed local sheriff. What they don’t know is that this sheriff is a part of the same family that has raised the demented baby born in the slaughterhouse, and he is all grown up and ready to kill.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a prequel to the 2003 remake. The idea of showing the origins of the Hewitt (they were named Sawyer in the original films) family ain’t bad, but the final product shows that this was again just done to cash in on a popular franchise and horror character.
This film feels like it could have been shot back by back with the 2003 remake as it keeps the same type of atmosphere and focus on torture and gore. Fans of the remake should be able to enjoy this, while those who didn’t like the new version probably would stay away from this one regardless. I didn’t like the remake when it came out, so I skipped this one when it was released and watching it now I am happy that I did.
The new heroes or victims are very bland. They are like every other characters you have seen in these types of film and there’s nothing to these that makes them stand out. Jordana Brewster and Diora Baird, the two young females in the film, are both absolutely gorgeous to look at so at least that’s something for the viewers to enjoy.
The deranged family is also just as dull as in the remake. Most of their screen time is taken up by R.Lee Ermey as Sheriff Hoyt, who I didn’t like in the remake either. Leatherface looks cool but he reminds you more of a Jason Vorhees than the childlike demented character of the original film. Although the plot hints that we are supposed to get to know the family, and Leatherface more. We don’t. It’s a typical slasher fest like the remake with little emphasis on the story and characters.
Director Jonathan Liebesman is the guy that was behind the entertaining Darkness Falls. He would also end up doing the remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which was produced by Michael Bay, just as this one was). He does a technical good job of shooting the film (helped by a high budget for a horror film though) and I did like the last scene a lot, but it still feels like a hired job with no passion behind it.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a lifeless sequel to a lifeless remake. There is a few decent scenes here, including a very well shot ending. Other than that there isn’t that much positive to say about this film. If you disliked the remake, then you will dislike this aswell. If you haven’t seen the remake then I’m not sure why would you go right to this one.