Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
It's 1969. The conflict in Viet Nam has exploded to immeasurable proportions, and 18-year-old Dean Hills number is up. Dean's brother Eric, who has already seen his share of combat, plans to take Dean to enlist in his beloved Marine Corps in hopes of keeping an eye on him rather than letting him take his chances at the local induction center. But Dean's plans do not coincide with his older brothers. Instead, he plans to confront Eric about dodging the draft after the boys and their respective girlfriends, Bailey and Chrissie, head across Texas for a final fling of serious fun. Soon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gross and sadistic but never scary."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning relies on made-you-jump shocks and more fake entrails than a Jaycees haunted house."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"It's actually closer to the original Chainsaw than its immediate predecessor, but it still relies on more on physical torture than the psychological terror that made the original - or any genuinely scary movie - so effective."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"The original "Chain Saw Massacre" spoke, in unsettling terms, to middle America's growing contempt for the '60s counter-culture, but no deeper meaning can be ascribed to this mayhem. It's just a joyless technical exercise."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"...unsightly, pointless, and thoroughly mean-spirited..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Oppressive, mean-spirited and sadistic, The Beginning is an unsavoury exercise in cruelty and pain that one hopes will also be the end."
‑ Chris Tilly, Time Out
"The story's been played out so many times."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is the Texas chainsaw massacre, not the Texas chainsaw misunderstanding. Nothing castrates a bogeyman like cheap-Freud psychology, and Leatherface possesses no greater power than a hulking professional-wrestling heel. A low point in American horror."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"A rote latter-day slasher film with barely anything worth recommending."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A garden-variety horror movie that provides no innovation on the old "kids stranded in the woods with a scary monster" plot."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"Attention sadists: Demand more from your gorefests than this pro forma return to the well. Has mass murder ever been this dull?"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"All you need to know about the character is he's really crazy and carries a chain saw. And he's got an even crazier uncle who all but steals the film."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Much less at the beginning, and much more a remake of the remake..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...an ugly film, overwhelmed by transparent shock value, short-sighted storytelling and nihilistic undertones."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Audiences will start playing the 'Who's Next' game as people run, scream and die, and the whole thing loses the power that this horrific creation once had over cinema."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
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