Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Fueled by Michael Bay's production studio, this is a reboot of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. It has a dose of realistic blood and guts in there with the creepy actors and the slinky teens who react to things with some of the worst instincts you can imagine.

As a red-blooded American male, I can appreciate a buxom babe running on screen, and Jessica Biel (I know, I did not expect a name that big in this reboot, either) has a body that will not quit. With the impressively large female qualities that she has, it's surprising she can run as fast as she can through brush and tight spaces. And the director decided that there should be as many scenes as possible with her white shirt getting wet. For dignity's sake, she is wearing a bra (which seems out of character) under her shirt.

So, this reboot is probably better in many ways than the original. Aside from the superior special effects, the story has been cleaned up quite a bit (although it's not particularly complex) and the acting has been bumped up as well. I'm not normally a fan of R. Lee Ermey's near constant yelling method of acting, but it works in certain roles. There's a reason he is often a drill Sargent - he commands respect with his yell. He plays the sheriff here, and it's pretty much the same role as the drill Sargent, but he's a lot more lewd.

Even with Michael Bay producing, there are not constant explosions happening everywhere. There are some unexplained things like the feral kid that hangs around the kill house the whole time, the two creepy ladies who are raising a child not their own, and the town's general acceptance of the events that seem to go on every day.

Direction was good. It was well paced.
Acting was better than expected.
Story was fairly weak, but that's not why you watch these movies.
Dialogue was pretty bad. Sometimes, that's the way it goes.
Effects were good. They were pretty creepy.

3.25/5

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