After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.


Marcus Nispel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Biel ... Erin
Jonathan Tucker ... Morgan
Erica Leerhsen ... Pepper
Mike Vogel ... Andy
Eric Balfour ... Kemper
Andrew Bryniarski ... Thomas Hewitt (Leatherface)
R. Lee Ermey ... Sheriff Hoyt
David Dorfman ... Jedidiah
Lauren German ... Teenage Girl
Terrence Evans Terrence Evans ... Old Monty
Marietta Marich Marietta Marich ... Luda May
Heather Kafka ... Henrietta
Kathy Lamkin ... Tea Lady in Trailer
Brad Leland ... Big Rig Bob
Mamie Meek ... Clerk


Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It's quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface. Written by Love Hewitt

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Crime | Horror

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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Eric Balfour (Kemper) and Mike Vogel (Andy) are both left-handed. See more »


When the Sheriff has the three characters prone in the dirt, he has their drivers licenses in his hand. As he starts to toss them down, the second license clearly states that it is an Arizona license. All three of the licenses are identical except for the picture. As he throws them down to them, he calls out the states of each of the owners. He first says "Arizona", although that is the second license, not the first one. He then says "Colorado" as he tosses down the Arizona license and finally says "New York" for the third. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of 5 youths. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected, nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them, an idyllic summer afternoon became a nightmare. For 30 years, the files collected dust in the cold-cases divison of the Travis County Police Department. Over ...
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I had mediocre expectations. Glad to be wrong.
12 May 2019 | by helencmmSee all my reviews

First of all, I really liked the photography. I think that it was matching a lot with the mood. The directing was pretty good. I enjoyed the beginning scene with the hitchhiker.

I appreciate the fact that they changed Leatherface's family name from Sawyer to Hewitt, because that shows respect to the original film.

This film is the remake of the original and it has similarities, yet a lot of differences, which is cool. You don't want to see the same film, but you want to find elements that are in common in both movies. This was happening. Basically, the remake can stand proudly by its own.

The last 20 or 25 minutes were very suspenseful, and I enjoyed every minute of those. The chase scene was long and scary. I like the scene, where Erin thought that she found "shelter" in a caravan... again, she thought. Very pleasant the fact that they included more characters, with the same psychological problems as Leatherface. And another unique thing that I found was the fact that the family was not patriarch (like in prior films), but matriarch. It was a great difference that made this film extra unique.

In my opinion the gore was mediocre. Before watching the film, I was afraid of the gore, because the title by itself contains "chainsaw" and "massacre", and since I watched the 1974 film, where the gore was tame, almost non existent, I thought that the remake would he something like a splatter. In fact, absolutely not. The violence was very tolerable, and for such a film was less than what I was expecting. So, again, in my opinion, the gore will not affect you at all. Of course, as a horror/slasher film it contains more than its prior (I guess), but again, tolerable. You can check out the "Parent's Guide" for detailed information.

Last thing I want to mention, is that every sexual thing was very tame. Something rare in horror films with young people. I really liked the fact that it was not sexploitation. I also want to say that the story behind the hitchhiker, the baby and her family was very shocking and I liked what Erin did for that.

A thing I didn't liked was that I couldn't feel any 70s vibe. Like, I felt that it was so 00s, even not 90s. And the film takes place in 1974. You know. Oil crisis... I would definitely like more the film if the 70s sense was stronger, or at least existent a bit. Only the haircut of Morgan was very cool and in this decade.

Generally, I love this film and I would watch it again without hesitation.

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Release Date:

17 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre See more »


Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,100,000, 19 October 2003

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