Box art for Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

horror


Based loosely on true events.A group of friends who become isolated in the company of a deadly clan of cannibals.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    36%
  • Audience Score
    58%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Hard to do worse than this extremely gory mess.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not recommended for anyone under 17. Yes, kids love to be scared, but the violence here is so disturbingly realistic that it's too much for most older kids (and some adults) to handle. The various murders are definitely graphic (we get to see the flesh rip and the organs exposed) but the suicide scene is so disturbing that several people walked out of the theater immediately afterwards. Violence aside, there's still no reason to see this movie--the story doesn't make much sense, the acting is mediocre at best, and even at 98 minutes, it feels way too long. Bottom line: Save your money!

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the amount and type of violence in this horror film, and some of the more graphic films of today. Do you think it's possible for young people, and even adults, to become desensitized to violence by watching really violent films?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Does convey the sense of being caught in a nightmare. A stupid person's nightmare.

- Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger, Friday, October 17, 2003

Rotten: Here's a slice of advice: Go to the video store and rent the original.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Fresh:

- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Michael Bay's lot began their remake reign of "terror" with this completely unnecessary movie that I just stared at with complete weariness and annoyance. It's got more gore and aggresiveness in it than the 70's cult classic and what Bay doesn't realise is that blood and guts is not what made the original film absoultely terrifying. All of his horror remakes generally follow this formula. That it's primarily repulsive deaths that made his reimagining's inspirations scary. It's not. I have no problem with him remaking good horror films if they add something to the blender that works and also dont strip them entirely of their pride by doing something different for the better. Unfortunately, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had it's skin ripped off by Michael Bay.

- aquateen2, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

3 stars

Pepper: It just seems so wrong. Sheriff Hoyt: Don't give me any crap, young lady. Goddamn it, I got just as much respect for a dead body as anybody around here. "What you know about fear... doesn't even come close." For a remake of a horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn't a complete piece of shit. Sure it makes many mistakes along the way. I understand that changes have to be made when remaking a movie, but a lot of what made the original so effective was lost in translation here. First off, the hitchhiker scene in this remake was stupid and I would have stuck with something much simpler like the original. After the initial setup the movie starts to get really silly, especially when we are introduced to the sheriff. We get basically the same start from the original here. Five friends, although one of them is not in a wheelchair, are cruising around in a van. Instead of the cool reason why from the original, checking on a grandparents dead body at a graveyard, we get five friends on their way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. I don't know why this line in the movie pissed me off more than anything, but Jessica Biel's character says, "I hope they play Free Bird." It's fucking Lynyrd Skynyrd, of course their going to play Free Bird, but I digress. They pick up a hitchhiker and that's where the movie completely turns from the original. Leatherface is bigger, but not as scary; most likely because the scenes aren't done as well and there is a much less talented director at the helm here. I do like that the movie didn't go over the top in the gore department. There was more than the original, but the original had virtually none. Like all remakes, when you love the original, it's going to be slightly disappointing. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it a little. Jessica Biel isn't a bad choice for the leading lady. I enjoyed watching her run around in a tight tank top. The rest of the cast wasn't too bad either. There's been much worse acting in recent horror films. Although this does have some annoying plot points, that's to be expected. It is still a fairly competent and respectable remake. But come on it really had no chance at topping the original in the scare or quality department. It did do an admirable job in trying and it also helped a lot of people revisit or watch for the first time, the original. That's enough in my book.

- blkbomb, Saturday, September 10, 2011

1 star

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is yet another misfire in terms of a remake. Before I go any further, I do believe that there are some good remakes old and new, but with this one, the filmmakers failed to really create something good, instead giving horror fans a watered down film that lacks in terms of effective scares and memorable tense moments. The biggest problem with remaking classic horror films is that the studios go for style over substance, and they create something laughable in the process. This film has joined other remakes as one of the worst in the genres history, and it is just a poor attempt at making a quick buck. I think that the film felt rushed and there was no care at trying to create a worthwhile viewing experience. The film has a cast of horrible actors that will never have outstanding careers. Most of them will probably end up acting in critical bombs as they're not talented enough to make a good movie. R. Lee Ermey is the only one who shines here, however I found him to be wasted in such a lacking movie. The film's horrifying moments don't pay off, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre simply plays out like another run of the mill pointless remake that never should have seen the light of day. The cast make it significantly a worst movie, and you simply don't care about what happens to them. The gore elements are there, but what it lacks is the sheer genuine intensity that Tobe Hooper's original delivered so well. Don't expect much from this movie, and you definitely will be disappointed if you're looking for a truly good horror film to watch.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, January 12, 2013