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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning - A Prequel to the Horror Classic
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is a 2006 American horror film that serves as a prequel to the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film follows a group of friends who encounter a family of cannibalistic killers, led by the infamous Leatherface, in rural Texas in 1969. The film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, and R. Lee Ermey.
The film was released on October 6, 2006, and received mostly negative reviews from critics, who criticized the excessive gore, lack of suspense, and weak characters. However, some praised the film's production values, cinematography, and performances. The film grossed $51.8 million worldwide against a budget of $16 million.
The film begins with a woman giving birth to a deformed baby at a slaughterhouse in Texas in 1939. The baby is discarded in a dumpster, but is found and raised by Luda Mae Hewitt, the matriarch of a deranged family.
In 1969, brothers Eric and Dean are driving across the country with their girlfriends Chrissie and Bailey. Eric has been drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, while Dean plans to dodge the draft. They are stopped by Sheriff Hoyt, who is actually Charlie Hewitt, Luda Mae's son who killed the real sheriff and assumed his identity. Hoyt arrests them for draft evasion and possession of marijuana, and calls for a tow truck.
The tow truck driver is Thomas Hewitt, Luda Mae's grandson and the baby from the beginning. He wears a mask made of human skin to hide his facial deformity, and wields a chainsaw as his weapon of choice. He is also known as Leatherface. He arrives at the scene and kills a biker who was harassing the group earlier. Hoyt then shoots Eric in the shoulder and takes him, Dean, and Bailey to his house, where the rest of the Hewitt family awaits. Chrissie escapes the car crash and follows them on foot.
At the house, Hoyt tortures Eric and Dean, while Bailey is locked in a basement with Monty, Hoyt's brother who has both legs amputated. Chrissie finds an abandoned house nearby and meets Holden, another biker who is looking for his girlfriend (the one killed by Leatherface). They decide to team up and rescue their friends.
They sneak into the Hewitt house and witness Leatherface killing Eric with his chainsaw. Holden tries to shoot Leatherface, but misses and hits Luda Mae instead. He is then killed by Leatherface, who chases Chrissie outside. She hides under the house and finds Dean, who is still alive but badly wounded. She helps him escape, but they are spotted by Hoyt, who shoots Dean in the head.
Chrissie runs to the road and flags down a passing motorist. She gets in his car and tells him to drive away, but he reveals himself to be another member of the Hewitt family. He knocks her out and drives her back to the house. There, she is strapped to a table and forced to watch as Leatherface cuts off her face with his chainsaw.
The film ends with Leatherface putting on Chrissie's face as his new mask.
Jordana Brewster as Chrissie
Taylor Handley as Dean Hill
Diora Baird as Bailey
Matt Bomer as Eric Hill
R. Lee Ermey as Charlie Hewitt / Sheriff Hoyt
Andrew Bryniarski as Thomas Hewitt / Leatherface
Terrence Evans as Monty Hewitt
Marietta Marich as Luda Mae Hewitt
L.A. Calkins as Sloane
Lee Tergesen as Holden
Kathy Lamkin as Tea Lady
Lew Temple as Sheriff Winston Hoyt
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning received mostly negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 12% based on 99 reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 30 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Some critics praised the film's production values, cinematography, and performances, especially that of R. Lee Ermey as Hoyt. However, most criticized the film's excessive gore, lack of suspense, and weak characters. Roger Ebert gave the film zero stars out of four, calling it "a contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also gave the film zero stars out of four, saying that it "has no plot to speak of" and that it "should be buried so deep that no one could ever find it."
The film was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Prequel or Sequel and Worst Remake or Rip-off. It lost both to Basic Instinct 2.
Where to Watch
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is available to stream, rent, or buy on various platforms. You can watch it on Prime Video, where you can rent it for $2.99 or buy it for $9.99 in HD quality. You can also find it on JustWatch, where you can compare prices and options from different streaming services. Alternatively, you can download it for free from Archive.org, where it is uploaded by a user under the Creative Commons license.