Uninteresting remake of Tobe Hooper's chilling classic features slicker camera-work, bigger production values and a lot more gore, but features only a little of the dark humor and tension of the original. Even the chase-scenes and boring. Somehow this became a success and it was followed by 'The Texas chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning'
This film deserves better. I enjoyed the thrill of the scares but I also loved the jokes and gags that went with it. The plot was intriguing and overall the movie was very entertaining. Fox was perfect to lead and did more than just charm us with his looks, he actually ACTED. I'm certain critics who panned this movie are just people who prefer overrated movies like Titanic. I bet it's jealousy of the brilliant special effects and acting that brought it to life.
The notion that this film is some kind of serious meditation on capital punishment is hard to understand. The repeated flashbacks to the murder scene are not only gratuitous (how many times do we need to see a murder/rape to get the message?), they border on a macabre preoccupation with violence and death. The moody rhythm of the film, and the "crescendo" execution scene (another lingering scene that suggests fascination with death), are manipulative and ham-fisted. Give us a sharp, tragic look - like "I Want to Live" - at the death penalty; or a thoughtful meditation on murder and the murderer - there's a gap Hollywood has never filled. Don't give us Wagner.
Should've been a big hit
Reviewed by CoolerKing for The Frighteners at 2008-04-04 10:29:42
I love how this movie lures you in with a goofy Ghostbusters vibe and then slowly, but surely transforms into a hardcore supernatural thriller. Fox makes a tremendous lead and carries the movie on his back. Not perfect, but a cool, cool movie, nonetheless.