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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning


Four friends on a road trip get into a car accident. The deranged sheriff arrests them and brings them to his house of sadistic and insane cannibals in a trip of horror and gore.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bloody gore fest retreads old gruesome ground.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this grisly horror film isn't for kids -- though lots of horror-loving teens will want to see it. It's relentlessly bloody, dark-shadowed, and gruesome, with the titular chainsaw wreaking predictable (but still dire) havoc. Violence is graphic and incessant, with a range of weapons (guns, meat hooks, cleavers) producing severed limbs and body parts. A cow is smashed to bloody smithereens by a jeep; human victims are tortured (hung from hooks, tied up, taunted, stabbed, and sawed). The faux sheriff taunts a girl by pressing up against her and whispering ("I love you"). Some cleavage shots, and the girls' clothing appears in increasing disarray. Frequent foul language, mostly "f--k" and its permutations.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's representation of "families." How does it suggest that Leatherface's dismal birth, abandonment, and training make him into a demented killer? How is environment a factor in his brutality (and how does the film use the Vietnam War as backdrop for that question)? How can you tell that Chrissie's efforts to save her friends are futile? Does that encourage viewers to look forward to her bad end? What's the ongoing appeal of horror films? Does anything set this one apart from the rest of the genre?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

1 star

aw man i would go to every show Dane Cook does for 2009 to sleep with Jordana Brewster

- LoughnerWasLucid, Saturday, January 15, 2011

4 stars

Extremely violent sequel to the remake. Much more extreme this time around. The sheriff plays a more serious, demented role in this one. This is one fu*ked up movie. One of the most violent mainstream rated "R" films to come out in quite some time. Again, this one is highly entertaining. Great performances and great direction. A solid and gory frightfest. Highly recommended. (watch the UNRATED version)

- creepfreak, Friday, August 13, 2010

1 star

img]] I'll start by saying this is not a film in any meaning of the word it's just a studio milking one of the easiest cow's to milk for cash in the history of horror cinema. So here's the making of: A bunch of bank managers got together and stripped a classic horror film a.k.a "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (almost) entirely of it's pride. They then decided after stealing 51 million dollars with a remake that they wanted more. So they then took a classic movie with an inspired story and made a pointless prequel with a storyline probably made up on the spot. This so called storyline was the back story of one of the most iconic and terrifying horror characters in history and destroyed his reputation by explaining why he is, the way that he is, and why he brutally murders people with a chainsaw. Is that in any way scary? Hell no.

- aquateen2, Wednesday, October 3, 2012