|Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Andrew, Bryniarski, R. Lee Ermey, David Dorfman
Director: Marcus Nispel
I've never kept my hatred for horror films a secret. They're rarely scary or cinematically important, but Marcus Nipsel's rework of the 1974 slasher classic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" introduces a new kind of hate; one that abhors the kind of torturous horror I experienced while watching this film.
The plot is simple: A group of hippie teenagers makes a series of stupid, sophomoric decisions while traveling through Texas en route to a Lynyrd Skynyrd contest. After picking up a delusional hitchhiker who ends up shooting herself, Erin (Jessica Biel) and Kemper (Eric Balfour) lead the three other members of the group to an old house in search for the town sheriff. You can only begin to guess what's waiting for them inside this freakishly spooky house in the woods before old Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski), a deranged killer who yields a rusty chainsaw and an unyielding thirst for death, makes his gory entrance.
Cinematically, "Texas Chainsaw" is visually appealing, with a grainy contrast applied to the film stock to create both the movie's dark environment and its archival footage look. The performances from the five actors are about the best you can find in a teen horror flick, but Biel is especially solid in the helpless woman role.
"Texas Chainsaw" is one of the best horror films to date. If you don't like horror, this is one you won't want to play around with. Stay far away, because fans of the genre will welcome it with open arms.