Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (2003, USA) C-98m. ** D: Marcus Nispel. Starring Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, Eric Balfour, Andrew Bryniarski, Harry Jay Knowles, narrated by John Larroquette. Remake of the 1974 horror classic treads the same paths and does so quite well. Biel and her friends drive through rural Texas to attend a concert, but when they pick up a disturbed woman on the road who kills herself in their car, a nightmare for them all begins. Quite intense, unsettling and terror-filled like the original movie, it only makes a few detours too many (especially toward the end) and it's 10 or 15 minutes too long. Everything else is stylishly done (expectedly so, as Nispel is a music video director). For horror fans. Tobe Hooper co-produced. DP Daniel Pearl also photographed the original TCM. Followed by a sequel itself.

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