It’s official – Texas seems to be a breeding ground for some truly sick freaks. Some I’ve even met. But thankfully, even those jackholes aren’t as sick as the disturbing family seen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Produced by Michael Bay (yes, that guy), this remake of the classic 1974 horror film is disturbing, thrilling, and (ultimately) fun to watch. Aside from Alien, it’s probably the only real Halloween movie coming out this October.
I’ve got to admit, I couldn’t really get through the first film; I found the pace slow and tedius, and didn’t think it was too engaging. But this film just sucked me in. There’s some great camera work, and it is shot in a very “beautiful” way – which is ironic, because it turns out that cinematographer Daniel Pearl’s first film as a DP was…. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974. (Kinda like Dante Spinotti doing Manhunter and Red Dragon!)
There were plenty of scares, and jumps, and the production design on this film was excellent. I still don’t know where they dig up these props, but it adds such a level of authenticity that is creepy. Much like the garage in Silence of the Lambs, there’s just a lot of stuff, with hidden and unspoken backstory. The music helps a lot here, too. Steve Jablonsky finally gets his own theatrical film to score, and while at times it’s a bit “MediaVentures-ish”, it works exceptionally well in heightening the suspense and thrills.
If you’re looking for a fright, and a good old time, this is the film to see this Halloween. Be there!