This is the follow up to the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Michael Bay is still involved. Now, I need to clear up some confusion, this film is a prequel to the 2003 film. Not only that, but as of right now, these 2 films are in their own plane of existence and share nothing with any of the other 8 films. This will hopefully clear up some confusion, especially with the different names of the family, such as Hewitt and Sawyer and Hartman that you will see in others. I’m going to give you a synopsis that will contain spoilers and then provide you with my final thoughts as well as a rating.
This film takes place 4 years prior to the 2003 film. We see the birth of a baby, which would end up in the dumpster and then in the loving arms or R Lee Ermey’s wife, and of course that baby would turn out to be Leatherface. We have a decent cast of recognizable names. Our main group of young people includes: Chrissie (Jordana Brewster), Eric (Matt Bomer), Bailey (Diora Baird), and Dean. The great Lew Temple has a role early on as the Sheriff that Ermey kills and that answers how he became the sheriff in the previous film. Eric and Dean are brothers, and Eric has been to Vietnam and Dean has been drafted. Dean doesn’t want to go, but Eric is going and wants his brother to come. So there’s your back story.
The girls go into a store and raise the suspicions of some bikers. The group leaves and get chased down by this biker chick. There’s an accident and the sheriff shows up, shoots the biker chick and puts Eric, Dean, and Bailey in the cop car. Chrissie was thrown from the vehicle and hides. SO basically she spends the whole movie trying to rescue her friends. She goes so far as to recruit the biker chick’s boyfriend to help her, but he is only concerned about his chick and has the upper hand at one point, even shooting the wheelchair bound guy in the 2003 one, which leads to some surgery by Leatherface as ordered by Sheriff. As you know, nobody was going to really make it out of this alive. You know who the last person was going to be standing. I liked how Ermey had a bigger role. He was really a great change of pace antagonist and is everything that McConaughey wished his character was in part 4.
Final Thoughts – I felt that not a lot of people gave this the props that it deserved. This was really fun if you like the antagonists. The downside was that Eric and Dean were dull as fuck, and neither girl had much chance to have a big personality. I liked how they did the gag where the wife gave Sheriff his pants again. I liked the continuity more than anything. The other films up to this point lacked a lot of continuity. I am actually annoyed that this flew under my radar for so many years.
Rating: 6.6 Really good follow up if you liked the 2003 version. If not, you won’t like this either.
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