The first remake to join our 31 days of Halloween.
Day 4 of our countdown and I have chosen a film I’m sure not everyone will agree with but is a favorite of mine.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“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.”
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was an instant classic and probably has one of the biggest followings of all horror films. It also is in my top 10 horror films of all time. So when I first heard they were going to remake TCM I was just as skeptical as the rest. Now a lot of horror films have been remade and not many live up to the original. But I never thought the 2003 remake of TCM would instantly become of of my favorites.
From the opening scene of the film I was hooked. The fact that they made the film into a “true story” by adding the police footage of the crime scene at the opening and ending it made the film seem much more realistic. I loved how they added and changed certain things in the story rather than just copying the original scene for scene. The hitchhiker for example, from the original film was so perfect there was no way they could remake that scene.So of course they went a completely different direction.
*Spoiler* This is one of my favorite 2 scenes in the remake. The hitchhiker in the new film was changed into a female victim wandering down the road, who had escaped from Leatherface. But after watching her whole family be killed, she could not handle life anymore and commits suicide. Later in the film, “Erin” (Jessica Biel) after watching all of her friends die, escapes from Leatherface and is in the same state of mind as the girl wandering down the road and actually mimics the girl from the opening scene. *Spoiler End*
Of course the scenes of Leatherface running through the woods and the hanging bed sheets had to be done the same as the original those are some of the most memorable scenes in the whole film. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) even though is a remake still feels different enough from the original where I can easily accept it in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and as one of my favorite horror films.
The final shot of the film still creeps me out every time I watch it. Even though I know it’s coming after sitting through all the horror and torture and everything Erin had to go through. *Spoiler* When she is driving away with the baby after running down the “sheriff” you kind of feel a relief like it’s all over, but then they cut back to the police crime scene footage where the sheriffs are attacked and it leaves you on the “only known photo” of Thomas Hewitt, I still get goosebumps thinking about that photo. *Spoiler End*
If you enjoyed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) film, I highly recommend you watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning (2006) for some more Leatherface and some history on his mask and the sheriff of the town.