like cutting up cattle"
1968, brothers Dean (Handley) and Eric (Bomer) plan to enjoy
a last road trip before they head off to war in Vietnam. Driving with their
girlfriends Chrissie (Brewster) and Bailey (Baird), the couples a travel
through a desolate part of Texas only to become involved in a traffic accident.
When Sheriff Hoyt (Ermey) turns up on the scene they think they are about
to receive help but he only introduces them to his family and a young man
who is about to start a killing spree.
Every story has a beginning and what happen in Texas in 1968
would start one of the most notorious killing sprees in movie history but
do we want to watch it?
Even though it was an unnecessary remake of a horror classic,
the 2003 version of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' did extremely well at
the box office, so a sequel was inevitable but producer Michael Bay wanted
to tell the story of how Leatherface picked up the chainsaw. The problem
is and this is the problem with all prequels is that you know what is coming.
Because we have seen the events of the original movie, we
know that Leatherface, Sheriff Hoyt and the rest of the bizarre Hewitt family
will all survive this movie and their first victims of the bloody massacre
stand no chance of surviving. So you will end up asking yourself 'what is
the point?' As you already know that none of the family die, any hope you
might have for the two couples is extremely misjudged, meaning there is
absolutely no point to the movie other than to reveal how Leatherface picked
up his chainsaw and how Sheriff Hoyt came to be. This isn't reason enough
to basically remake the original film. Why isn't there a bigger origin story
that reveals more about Leatherface as a child? Why don't we know more about
the why the Hewitt family turned to cannibalism? The questions keep coming
but the film doesn't provide any answers.
The prequel is also sadly lacking in its gore quota as well.
When your protagonist loves to carve people up to make masks from their
skin and his weapon of choice is a chainsaw you'd be right to be hoping
for a huge amount of blood, violence and gore. Director Jonathan Liebesman
and his creative team decided to shroud the film in darkness, constantly
move the camera, use close ups and pan away when the gore starts to get
to the levels you want it to.
'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' is a completely
pointless prequel. Even though the performances from the cast are fine,
especially Jordana Brewster who should use this as vehicle to advance her
career, it is the storyline and the way that is shot that completely slaughters
any horror potential that the 2003 remake created. If you are craving some
blood and gore you will be left needing a transplant.