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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

IT REMAINS one of the most enduringly terrifying horror movies of all time, so the idea of remaking Tobe Hooper’s seminal 1974 classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, seemed like pure folly to film fans.

Yet while few believe the remake could come close to the heights of the original, it seems that director, Marcus Nispel, hasn’t done a bad job in reworking the film.

The story behind the film goes as follows….

On August 20, 1973, police were dispatched to the remote farmhouse of Thomas Hewitt, the former head-skinner at a local slaughterhouse in Travis County, Texas.

What they found within the confines of the cryptic residence was the butchered remains of 33 human victims, a chilling discovery in what many still refer to as the most notorious mass murder case of all time.

Wearing the grotesque flesh masks of his victims and brandishing a chainsaw, the killer, dubbed ‘Leatherface’, gained infamy following headlines such as: ‘House of Terror Stuns Nation – Massacre in Texas’.

Local authorities eventually gunned down a man wearing a leathery mask and declared they had their killer, before abruptly closing the case. But, in the years which followed, many close to the grisly murder case came forward to accuse the police of botching the investigation and knowingly killing the wrong man.

Now, according to the PR for the film, the only known survivor of the killing spree has broken the silence and come forward to tell the real story of what happened on a deserted rural Texas highway, when a group of five young kids inadvertently found themselves besieged by a chainsaw-wielding madman.


The new film stars Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel and Eric Balfour, along with screen veteran R. Lee Ermey, Lauren German, David Dorfman, Andrew Bryniarski, Terrence Evans, Heather Kafka and Marietta Marich.
Nispel is more commonly known for his music videos and commercials, and makes his feature film debut, with Michael Bay serving as producer.

Commenting on the opportunity of tackling such a classic, Bay comments: "I wanted to do The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because of name value alone. It has a mythical quality to it as one of the very first movies of its kind."

Though the budget is modest by Hollywood standards, Michael Bay feels the artistry and care Marcus Nispel and his team infused into the film will transcend any preconceptions audiences have about it.

"That’s the school I come from," Bay comments. "Even though we had no money to do this, we had to have high production values. Marcus is a great shooter and it starts with him. But I had to beg, borrow and steal, and call in every favor I had in terms of sound mixers and musicians. I guess [New Line Cinema co-chairman and CEO] Bob Shaye said it best. He said, ‘You can tell it was very lovingly produced.’ We took care. I think it’s a really good-looking movie."

He concludes: "What we’re trying to do is create a visceral experience. We want a no-holds-barred, not-joking-around movie about your worst nightmare. You’re stuck in this town and you can’t get out. It’s like a bad dream. I just wanted to go back to the thrillers that I grew up with, where the terror was real."

Adds executive producer, Andrew Form: "Audiences are going to be devastated by what happens over the course of the movie.

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is about raw emotion and terror, and with the exception of The Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist, I can’t remember a movie where the terror and fear resonate so deeply as they do here.

"This film isn’t about flying limbs and blood spurting at the camera, it’s about watching these characters make decisions that every audience member would make in those life and death moments."

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