The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
It’s 1969. The conflict in Vietnam has exploded. The toll on the United States is catastrophic, the losses immeasurable, while the draft ramps up to feed the military machine. And 18-year-old Dean Hill’s (Taylor Handley) number is up. But before Dean can report to the local induction center, his brother, Eric (Matt Bomer), who has recently returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam, decides to surprise Dean. Despite the concerns of his devoted fiancée, Chrissie (Jordana Brewster), Eric plans to re-enlist alongside Dean in his beloved Marine Corps in hopes of keeping an eye on his directionless brother. Unfortunately, Dean’s plans do not coincide with Eric’s. Dean’s simple strategy to dodge the draft and head south to Mexico is sponsored by his strong-willed girlfriend, Bailey (Diora Baird). But before either couple realizes the true battle they are about to confront, the boys and their respective girlfriends head across Texas for a final fling of serious fun.
Soon after their journey begins, the spirited foursome is spooked by a menacing pair of bikers, Holden (Lee Tergesen) and his girlfriend, Alex (Cyia Batten). When Alex chases the group’s jeep, propelling them into a serious accident, Chrissie is thrown from the vehicle. As Alex attempts to rob the injured trio, Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey) arrives on the scene and turns the tables on their would-be assassin. While Chrissie hides in the nearby brush, she watches as the sheriff inexplicably taunts her friends before ordering them into the back of the patrol car. Unbeknownst to Chrissie, Hoyt is headed back to the Hewitt family home, where his nephew, Thomas – who is being groomed to become the terrifying monster known as Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski) – and the rest of the Hewitt clan await. As Chrissie witnesses the horrors inflicted by the Hewitt family upon the people she loves, she realizes she is their only hope of survival.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” is the prequel to the remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” that came out a few years ago. The prequel is very similar to the first film, and the plot is pretty well summed up by the movie’s title. Another unsuspecting group of young, attractive men and women end up in the wrong place at the wrong time while driving through Texas. They encounter the sadistic Hewitt family, and are tortured and killed in all kinds of horrible ways. I am not really sure why the people who remade the first “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” decided to make another film almost exactly like the first. Both movies involved a group of young people in the 1960s, and both movies follow almost exactly the same sequence of events to the point where, if you have seen one, you really don’t need to see the other. This film contains extreme violence, cannibalism, and foul language, and cannot be approved by Dove.