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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody gore fest retreads old gruesome ground.

Movie R 2006 90 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 18+

Slice of life

Classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre in an 2006 update with more boobs, slicing and gore.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+


DONT let your children watch this gruesome show! It shows Leatherface pulling off a face on screen and wearing it! Ugh! It also costs plenty of money. $8.99 for poop like that? Waste of time. Waste of money.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (22):

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING mainstreams and dilutes the effectiveness of ornery, low-budget, so-called "horror-porn" movies (Wolf Creek, Hostel, etc.). You know a trend has crested and collapsed by the time Michael Bay gets hold of it (he's a producer here). Reviled for their grisly excess, those films also make relevant cultural and political critiques, modeled after the analyses offered by some '70s proto-slasher movies. Not so the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which repeats its source material, including the basic plot: Good-looking kids on the road stumble into a Terrible Place and suffer bloody, screaming deaths. Its many torture scenes are pretty much what you expect from mainstreamed horror porn. The shadows are dark, the floor and walls slick, the devices rudimentary and filthy. Hoyt hangs the boys up in the barn and beats them, Leatherface hacks up limbs and torsos in the basement, and Mama attends to the cooking, trying to sort out which tongue is which.

The gore does make a point, after a fashion. This has to do with Eric's determination that the group must "stay the course." As Eric says, the Vietnam War has shown him that "it's amazing the things you can get used to." The argument might be made that characters who choose to "stay the course" let themselves in for the atrocities they encounter (and, in a couple of cases, commit). Such appalling acts are a function of both environment and necessity. Just as Eric got used to things in Vietnam, audiences are getting used to horror porn and its increasingly formulaic arrangements. And so we're missing the horror of it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 6, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: January 16, 2007
  • Cast: Jordana Brewster, R. Lee Ermey, Taylor Handley
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: for strong horror violence/gore, language and some sexual content.
  • Last updated: November 24, 2022

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