The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Texas Chainsaw prequel, set in 1969. "We flip back through the Leatherface family album all the way to 1939, when the badly disfigured future chainsaw-wielder crawls out of his mother’s womb on (where else?) a slaughterhouse floor. Leatherface finds himself the victim of meatpacking-industry downsizing and, resourceful lad that he is, turns his attention from bovine to human pursuits. Enter the requisite carload of nubile young things — two brothers (Taylor Handley and Matt Bomer) en route to Vietnam, their respective girlfriends (Diora Baird and Jordana Brewster) in tow — about to discover they’re what’s for dinner..." [LA Weekly]

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Mindlessly repeats the archetypal "Chainsaw" scenario...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Putridly written, directed and acted...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The whole fear-of-obese-hillbillies device is starting to smell as stale as Leatherface's playroom. Does this horror trend simply reflect a national fear, as giant radioactive ants personified the Bomb in the 1950s? If so, maybe it's time for us all to go on a diet; America needs fresh fodder for its boogeymen...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

"The Beginning" is a better movie than the 2003 remake, even if the plot is understandably similar. There are only so many ways hapless teens can get brutally slaughtered, after all, but Liebesman and company keep things appropriately creepy, right down to aping the look of the 1974 original...

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