Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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German title Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Original title The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2003
length approx. 98 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Marcus Nispel
script Scott Kosar
production Michael Bay ,
Mike Fleiss
music Steve Jablonsky
camera Daniel Pearl
cut Glen Scantlebury

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Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original title The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ) from 2003 is an American horror film - remake of the genre classic Blood Court in Texas by Tobe Hooper from 1974 , directed by German director Marcus Nispel .


The film takes place in the summer of 1973. Five young people - Erin, Kemper, Andy, Pepper and Morgan - are on their way back from Mexico to Dallas . On the way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, a girl walks in front of the car on a lonely Texas road . Helpful, they take the completely distraught girl with them, who shortly afterwards suddenly pulls out a revolver and shoots herself in the head. Her last words are: "You will all die!"

Guided by the local gas station operator to a lonely mill, Erin and her friends find a ramshackle house in the vicinity a little later, in which only an old man with a leg amputated seems to live in a wheelchair. However, when Kemper enters his domicile without permission, Thomas appears out of nowhere, an insane giant with a mask made of human skin (Leatherface) , and begins to hunt down the young people mercilessly with a chainsaw . The family of Thomas, who has been disfigured by a skin disease since childhood, including the sheriff, as well as the other residents of the village repeatedly drive the victims into the hands of the attacker.

Erin can escape to a slaughterhouse called the Blair Meat Company and mutilate Leatherface there. In front of the gas station, she manages to steal a car and run over the sheriff with it. Eventually Erin is the only one of the five friends to escape.


  • The film advertises that it is "based on true events", just as Tobe Hooper had said about 30 years earlier for its predecessor . The last scenes, alleged documentary pictures of the investigators, are intended to corroborate this impression. In fact, like the original, the remake is only loosely based on the Ed Gein case .
  • At a production cost of $ 9.5 million, the film grossed $ 107 million worldwide.
  • A cassette of Sweet Home Alabama is heard in the film, although the film is set in 1973 and the song was not released until 1974.



“The extremely bloody, tech-savvy horror film never achieves the disturbing effect of the original, because it opts for a very drastic, but selected" culinary "depiction of violence, which is as speculative as it is" postmodern "in favor of today's cinema audience ambiguous moods, nuances and lasting uncertainty but demonstratively renounced. "

“It is no surprise that director Marcus Nispel reproduces Tobe Hooper's original in terms of content. That he succeeds, despite the use of modern high-gloss optics, in creating a psychological terror in the audience that is hardly inferior to the horror visions of the original. [...] In keeping with pop culture, supplemented with rough splatter effects and the focus on horror icon Leatherface, Nispel succeeds in realizing the original shock from the 70s in a contemporary way. This conceptual amalgamation may put off purists. Terrorphic film fans who are looking for relentless horror in the dark cinema are finally getting their money's worth. "

  • Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 0 out of 4 stars. He called it a despicable movie, ugly, disgusting and brutal. There wouldn't be a reason to see him
  • Overall, the film received rather negative reviews. The Rotten Tomatoes website, which evaluates reviews, comes in only 34% positive reviews. The overall tenor is that the remake is superfluous and does not match the quality of the original


The film was nominated for the Golden Raspberry negative film award in the worst new film or sequel category.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Approval for Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2004 (PDF; test number: 96 002 K).
  2. Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre on cinema.de
  4. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2006 (Engl.)
  5. ^ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre . In: Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved August 3, 2009.