Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -4

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a remake of the 1970s horror film, which was based very loosely on actual events of Aug. 20, 1973, in the Texas Hill Country. The film tells the story of five college-age friends Erin (Jessica Biel), Kemper (Eric Balfour), Morgan (Jonathan Tucker), Pepper (Erica Leerhsen) and Andy (Mike Vogel) who happen upon a severely traumatized teenage girl (Lauren German) while on a road trip. When they try to give the girl a ride, she becomes agitated, mumbling, All of them are dead hes a very bad man. With a real problem on their hands, the five young people try to track down help but instead find themselves dealing with an abusive sheriff (R. Lee Ermey) and several other curious, but unhelpful locals. Everything leads the unsuspecting crew to the horrific and deadly home of Thomas Hewitt, a.k.a. Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski), and to the heart of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This film is, in one word, disturbing. It is graphic and frightening, accomplishing its purpose with a good mix of demented suspense and jump-in-your-seat scary moments. Horror enthusiasts will undoubtedly make it a box office success, especially with the popular and often re-made story. What is particularly disturbing about the film is the guise of reality. The movie is, in fact, a bit too realistic, with its depictions of torture and gruesome death. Hewitt is unmercifully brutal for no apparent reason and his victims are obviously terrified. That events like this may have actually taken place is no reason to expose oneself to a visually graphic retelling of them. In addition to the graphic violence, the film contains a great deal of objectionable language, some sexual content and depictions of drug use, all of which earn it a negative acceptability rating from Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
New Line Cinema

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times mild 2, strong 3

Obscene Language: Many (27) times F-word 16, S-word 11

Profanity: Many (14) times regular 13 (G 1, GD 10, J 1, JC 1); exclamatory 1 (OMG)

Violence: Many times strong (disturbing depictions of serial murder and torture, graphic depiction of suicide and gunshot wound, man is attacked with axe with blood splatter, man attacked with chainsaw and dismembered, man hung on meat hooks, man attacked with chainsaw while hanging, man dismembered with butcher knife, man hit with bottle and loses teeth, man stabbed, women attacked with chainsaw, man hit by car repeatedly, etc. all very gory)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity: Once mild (woman in wet shirt)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few (2) times moderate (man and woman are kissing passionately with motions, suggestion of removing clothing)

Drugs: Few (3) times moderate (several people smoke marijuana, reference to buying and selling marijuana, man is drunk and abusive)

Other: Obsession with body parts, depiction of criminally insane thought processes and behavior, woman removes gun that had apparently been inside her from between her legs

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults Only

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