A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dark, cruel sentiments throughout. Crude and tasteless humor ("I guess that's what brains look like--kind of like lasagna.")
Positive Role Models
You wouldn't want your kid acting like any of these characters.
Violence & Scariness
This is a very bloody and gory movie. There's an extremely graphic suicide scene, characters are hung from meat hooks (and then tortured), sliced, ripped, cut, shot, murdered in various ways, run over, etc. We see many severed limbs. Stabbings, impalings. The sheriff brags about sexually assaulting female corpses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some crude sexual talk. A couple makes out. The camera lingers on a female character's wet tank top and backside.
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Nonstop extreme profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The sheriff drinks and drives. The main characters smuggle and smoke marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is not recommended for anyone under 17. Yes, kids love to be scared, but the violence here is so disturbingly realistic that it's too much for most older kids (and some adults) to handle. The various murders are definitely graphic (we get to see the flesh rip and the organs exposed) but the suicide scene is so disturbing that several people walked out of the theater immediately afterwards. Violence aside, there's still no reason to see this movie--the story doesn't make much sense, the acting is mediocre at best, and even at 98 minutes, it feels way too long. Bottom line: Save your money! To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film is extremely violent and bloody, the profanity never stops, the characters aren't particularly likeable, and the story doesn't make sense. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a remake of a 1974 low-budget horror movie by the same name. The original movie about five Texas teens who stumble across a family of cannibals was considered extremely edgy when it was released, but it now seems downright quaint when compared to modern horror movies like this remake.
Jessica Biel leads the cast of doomed characters, but considering she's the biggest name in the movie, you're pretty certain that she's going to stick around the longest. After all, if she were killed off too soon, we wouldn't be treated to the many gratuitous shots of her wet white tank top. The rest of the cast isn't memorable at all with the exception of R. Lee Ermey's portrayal of the "Sheriff" (his untraditional crime scene procedures, such as making sexual jokes about the victim as he carelessly wraps her body in Saran-Wrap, hint that he's not exactly what he seems). There's absolutely no reason for kids to see this movie, and mature teens and adults would be better off watching the original movie.
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