October 21, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 3 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Tonight's movie is one of the early millennium modern remakes and the earliest of the huge named horrors to be redone. It has its connections to other horror movies through its cast and creators, but I was a little surprised they didn't go that deep overall. Sometimes though it is nice to see people who work in other genres step into horror. A fine example is Jessica Biel.
Jessica Biel is the star and the only other horror of note in her credits is Blade: Trinity (2004). Jonathan Tucker as Morgan did a phenomenal job. Jonathan can also be seen in Pulse (2006) and The Ruins (2008). Erica Leerhsen is no stranger if you've seen Book of
Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007). Erica also starred in a movie I hadn't heard of called Lonely Joe (2009). Mike Vogel, well, doesn't stand out here and most of that is a spoiler. Mike was also in Cloverfield (2008). As well he had top billing in Open Graves (2009) where he worked with Eliza Dushku--who happens to have starred in Wrong Turn (2003). Likewise to Mike, Lauren German plays the hitchhiker--a vastly different role than in the original TCM--and has only a small role. Lauren was the star of Hostel: Part II (2007). Then we can't forget R. Lee Ermey who was also in last night's post.
I know him from a lot of appearances but not that many were pertinent. Eric Balfour does a lot of TV work such as the TV movies Rise of the Gargoyles (2009) and Dinoshark (2010)--which I missed. Eric was in last year's Skyline (2010), and can currently be seen
on TV's Haven (2010). Plus Eric is in the upcoming Manson Girls (2011) also mentioned in last night's movie post. Moving to behind the camera this Chainsaw Massacre's director Marcus Nispel also directed the Friday the 13th (2009) remake and the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake. The scriptwriter, Scott Kosar, wrote The Machinist (2004), and is credited on the scripts for the remakes of The Amityville Horror (2005) and The Crazies (2010). There are some great visuals in this Chainsaw Massacre. It does some things well, and others passably. One thing stands out as funny. Personally, parts seemed to be influenced by other movies influenced by the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)--neither bad or good, just interesting.