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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Director: Marcus Nispel Run Time: 95 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 2003

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Andrew Bryniarski

Accepting as fact that measuring up to Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece is impossible, approach the 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as its own object and you will be rewarded with an entertaining horror spectacle that is somehow as slick as it is grimy. This mirrors the characters – the hip, attractive road trippers who are eventually ensnared by the unsightly locals, including an effectively menacing R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) and Andrew “I was born to wear the mask” Bryniarski as Leatherface. Soppy with sweat and blood, it’s maximum excess, a true Michael Bay production stylishly directed by the guy who made the C+C Music Factory music videos.