The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 6, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is full of blood and gore, but not enough scares or a coherent story to make for a successful horror film.

Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

Gross and sadistic but never scary.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning relies on made-you-jump shocks and more fake entrails than a Jaycees haunted house.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Chris Tilly
Time Out

Oppressive, mean-spirited and sadistic, The Beginning is an unsavoury exercise in cruelty and pain that one hopes will also be the end.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The story's been played out so many times.

Nick Rogers

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Attention sadists: Demand more from your gorefests than this pro forma return to the well. Has mass murder ever been this dull?

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Much less at the beginning, and much more a remake of the remake...

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Witness The Birth Of Fear. The movie is very good...if you're into this kind of thing. It's nice to see a franchise splatter film that is intense and… More
Bethany Murphy
Very scary. The guy really petrifys me and it's a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must see!
Alex roy
Prequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake is a bland affair that even with the fact that it introduces an interesting back-story; it still fails in terms of… More
Ken Stachnik
Just terrible and stupid
Directors Cat
[img][/img] I'll start by saying this is not a film in any meaning of the word it's… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
aw man i would go to every show Dane Cook does for 2009 to sleep with Jordana Brewster