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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | | Horror | 17 October 2003 (USA)
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

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Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It's quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface. Written by Love Hewitt

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If it's terror what you want, it's terror what you'll have. See more »

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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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17 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La masacre de Texas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,094,014, 19 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,571,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Banned in Ukraine by the Ministry of Culture. See more »

Goofs

The double yellow striping on the road outside the gas station, whilst permissible, is painted in the newer yellow/orange colors. The yellow/orange color was not in the MUTCD 1961 or 1971 standards. In 1973, while double yellow lines were permissible, they would have followed the 1961 color standards (as Texas didn't adopt the 1971 standards until later that year). See more »

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Narrator: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of 5 youths. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected, nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them, an idyllic summer afternoon became a nightmare. For 30 years, the files collected dust in the cold-cases divison of the Travis County Police Department. Over ...
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Spoofed in The Electric Chainsaw Massacre (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Home Alabama
Written by Edward King (as Edward C. King), Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
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If you want a gruesome film, here you go
5 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I am a hardened spectator; that means, I have only seen a couple films in my whole life which I considered scary. I like horror films but usually get disappointed with them, as 99% of them do not frighten me in any way. This one did. It is an extremely consistent and successful effort to create a sense of horror which is, in the end, the ultimate means of the genre. It is not even about the plot; it is about the director's possibility to create an atmosphere of hopelessness which penetrates the film from the beginning on. The tension is built in a masterful manner, cinematic means like light, soundtrack and camera shots highlight the events in the most fitting way, the pace is just right, all elements contribute to a consistently thrilling and gruesome outcome. This film seems very modern in its effects and camera style but somehow retro in its imagery which is a successful tribute to the original version of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". A seldom example of a good remake.


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