Release Date: October 6th, 2006 by New Line Cinema.
The Cast: Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, Matthew Bomer, Lee Tergesen, Andrew Bryniarski, Terrence Evans, Kathy Lamkin, Marietta Marich, R. Lee Ermey.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman.
BASIC PREMISE: After an accident, Dean (Handley), Eric (Bomer), Bailey (Baird) and Chrissie (Brewster) end up as victims of the chainsaw-wielding Tommy Hewitt (Bryniarski), a.k.a. Leatherface.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This prequel to 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has no imagination and often feels tedious. It turns out the Tommy Hewitt was abandoned as a baby and secretly cared for by the Hoyt family. His troubled childhood full of abuse and bullying by classmates is the only explanation the plot offers for his inevitable, sadistic rage. This time around, the stupid yet good-looking teenage victims include Dean, Eric, Bailey and Chrissie. Neither of them is remotely interesting or charismatic, so it’s no fun rooting for them. Yes, Jordana Brewster looks amazingly sexy, but that’s not nearly enough to compensate for this dull film—and no, she doesn’t have nude scenes here. Director Jonathan Liebesman aims more for shock value and gross-out scenes rather than any real scares. Of course, he includes some fake scares occasionally and a few telegraphed twists. The musical scores does build up a little tension, though, but everything else just feels bland, unimaginative and, ultimately, underwhelming.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 6
IN A NUTSHELL: Very gory, but dull, tedious and not scary enough.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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