Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Bear witness to the birth of the most horrifying legend in the history of cinema as director Jonathan Liebesman explores the nightmarish origins of the psychotic Hewitt family in this sequel to director Marcus Nispel's 2003 hit The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The year is 1969, and despite the fact that the Vietnam War is raging halfway across the globe, all is ominously quiet on the back roads of America. Eighteen-year-old Dean Hill (Taylor Handley) has just received his draft notice, and his older brother, Eric (Matthew Bomer), is determined to watch out for his younger sibling by ensuring… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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"Gross and sadistic but never scary."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"The story's been played out so many times."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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
"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
"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
"It's as remorseless and disheartening as any of the others, more gory and less scary."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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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