Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Van Redin
EW Staff
August 14, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Movie - 2003)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/17/03
performer
Jessica Biel, Andrew Bryniarski, Eric Balfour, David Dorfman, R. Lee Ermey, Erica Leerhsen, Jonathan Tucker
director
Marcus Nispel
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Eric Bernt, Scott Kosar
genre
Horror, ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

How do you dare remake the best cult splatter film of all time? Start by refusing to call it a splatter film. ?The original worked on a very psychological basis,? insists German director Marcus Nispel, a video and commercial vet making his feature debut. ?Our biggest myth to shatter is that the name ”Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is an occasion for a splatter film. But it?s more just a really wild and demented story.? The plot, again, concerns five attractive teens who pick up a hitchhiker and end up stuck at a house stocked with lunatics and their assorted power tools — most notably the chain-saw-waving Leatherface, played this time by Andrew Bryniarski. The 34-year-old actor claims he scared himself silly during the night shoots on the desolate Austin exteriors. ?You don?t know how creepy those locations are,? he says. ?I [worried] about the real Leatherface pulling me into the woods, killing me extra bad for trying to impersonate him.? So should dedicated fans of the 1974 original start sharpening their knives? Not according to Jessica Biel, who says it was the production’s mandate to ?do it right for the cult people.? Nispel, for his part, was reassured after one conversation he had with a TCM cultist. ?Turns out his favorite movies of all time were John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ and Philip Kaufman?s ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’? Nispel says. ?Both are cult-movie remakes.?

The Killer Moment Biel fending off a chain saw with nothing but a lunchbox. ”I completely shredded the skin off all four knuckles,” she says.

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