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Rated R; running time of 93 minutes
Written by: Scott Kosar, based on the 1974 screenplay by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper
Directed by: Marcus Nispel
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Andrew Bryniarski, R. Lee Ermy, David Dorfman, Lauren German
WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
It's August 1973 and Erin (Jessica Biel) and her boyfriend, Kemper (Eric Balfour); Andy (Mike Vogel) and his girlfriend, Pepper (Erica Leerhsen); and fifth wheel pot-head Morgan (Jonathan Tucker) are on a road trip across Texas to go to a Lynard Skynard concert. As they travel across the great state they come across a young lady who is wandering aimlessly down a deserted road. They coax her into the car and before long she starts babbling. When Kemper starts heading towards the nearest town she begins to freak out and rather than face whatever is in the town she pulls out a gun and shoots herself in the head.
Not knowing what to do, they pull up to the town and ask for the sheriff. They are sent to a creepy house out in the woods. Erin and Kemper go to the house while everyone else stays behind. Once there, they are separated. It doesn't take long before they realize that they are in a world of trouble. Within a short time they are being chased by a human skin wearing maniac who is determined to slice them up with a chainsaw - and with plenty encouragement from the deranged towns folk including the local sheriff ( R. Lee Ermy) who just happens to be the madman's cannibalizing brother.
Can who's left of Erin's group keep their wits about them long enough to formulate a plan to escape or are they all destined to have their skin used as clothing?
I should first let you know that this is not exactly a remake of the classic 1974 movie. It is more like a re-tooling of it. It kept some of the basic elements of the Tobe Hooper screenplay, but there are some noticeable changes. But I don't want to spoil the movie for you. One thing that I did appreciate was the low gore factor - well low for a horror movie that is made in this day and age. Quite a bit of the gory action was left to the imagination.
I did have problems with the fact that this is allowed to go on and no one noticed. Perhaps having grown up in Southern California, I just can't imagine a town so small that everyone who passes through it is killed and no one realizes it. Wouldn't the state police come in if enough people are reported being last seen at the town before the evil one? This plot device is pretty common in these kinds of movies and it bothers me to no end. They can't kill everyone. This version does try to address that at the end, but how they wrap it up just doesn't sit well with me.
Anyone who calls him/herself a horror fan should check it out. The squeamish should walk right past this one.
Other than some sliced and diced plot points a fairly decent addition to the genre
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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2003