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Darla Hood bloody loves TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING @ Fantastic Fest!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... For the opening night of Fantastic Fest - the screening of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING roared to life with a bloody fury that delighted the audience. Starting with the shy and nervous director, Jonathan Liebesman - who finally has his first balls out horror film, there in the audience with the two guiding producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller - there to give him support as they did throughout production. Then we had Jordana Brewster (radiant as ever) and R. Lee Ermey, who is just a beaming presence that I'm constantly in awe of meeting. The real surprise came when Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface) showed up, as well as the "N" in KNB - Greg Nicotero - with, key makeup effects artist from KNB... Jake Garber (I believe was his name) there as well. The film was a roaring success! And fresh from the screening, here's Darla Hood - a long time AICNer with her take on the experience and the film!!!

Rascally Darla Hood here just back in from the opening night of Fantastic Fest 2006. And I have to say that I think that I had the perfect opening night/first film of the fest experience: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING. First of all, I did not have the highest hopes for this film going in to it. I am a full-on dedicated girl when it comes to the original Chainsaw flick. I love it. It's one of my all-time favorites. It is the beginning of all that is good in slasher horror movies. I was disappointed by the remake because of my dedication to the original and due to the fact that no real gore is shown. It's a modern Chainsaw flick, for fuck's sake! Where's my frickin' gore? (Sure, there's some, but it cuts away far more often than it should before anything is really shown.) That's how I went in to the newest addition to the franchise...curious but somewhat aloof. And then I ended up sitting next to the director and the two producers. I just prayed that the film was better than I expected because I usually can't keep my snide comments to myself...especially when a film is trying to live up to its predecessor. Imagine my surprise and shock and utter amazement when this film ended up being so terrifically fun and gory. Gore, people!! Real bloody gore! And it all needs to be there! Every drop of blood and hunk of flesh! HUNKS OF FLESH!!! And, I suppose more importantly, the story made complete sense as well. I loved the explanation of how Leatherface became so adept at chopping bodies and how the family came to run the town (and thus get away with killing random tourists). It's a pure delight when R. Lee kills the entire sheriff's department. Hilarious. Speaking of R. Lee, the cast is perfect. The victims are each ideal in their roles as are the members of the Hewitt family. The acting is spot on in each case. There's no camping it up or coasting through. The reactions of everyone are as perfect as they could be in the situations in which they find themselves. And the pure, nasty evil of the attackers are as varied and perfect as they could be as well. As an aside, there's nothing like that first time that Leatherface starts up his chainsaw in any of his movies. But this one is even better. It is THE first time. Hell, I was ecstatic when he first found the damn thing. (It's almost touching when he walks with it down the road...his own found baby.) But when he starts it - and the under circumstances in which he starts it - holy crap. The artist has found his medium. Heh. So go see this film! Have a frickin' blast! Cheer on the anti-hero! And begin, once again, to second guess that delicious barbecue you eat in a small town out in the middle of nowhere.
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  • Sept. 22, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    first?

    by redfist

    look at my ass

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Foooook!

    by redfist

    my heart shaped butt is 2nd.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    richier123

    by richier123

    I liked the remake! But I don't remember if it was gorry or not.... But the mail call dude is awesome and I will see this just for him. I think this is a plant though, IMHO. FOURTH/FIFTH?

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    This is why I don't read anything from Harry...

    by brycemonkey

    or one of his drones. Really? A glowing review? Wow. I'm really, really, really, really, surprised. A movie that you show at your festival, that the director/producers etc all turn up for, dare I say that the site has 'connections' to; gets a glowing review. Wow. I can only express my sarcasm more by slow clapping but that doesn't translate well in TB.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    this is what a plant review is like.

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Giveaways that this is a plant review 1) It's a girl reviewing a horror movie. Trying to appeal to the virgin nerds. 2) Complained about the lack of gore in the remake, when the original was far less gory than the remake. 3) Sat next to the director and 2 producers. Test audiences don't sit next to the director and producers. 4) The way things are worded. Like "adept at chopping bodies" and "curious, but somewhat aloof". 5)complains about the remake, but says that they are trying to live up to the predecessor? If this person was disappointed by the remake, why would they consider it "living up" to it? And, we all know it's gonna suck, so some self proclaimed horror nut saying they love it, well, that's just the biggest giveaway of all.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    So how was the movie

    by Lovecraftfan

    Once again, like Harry's review, we get it its gory like every other gory rated R film out there. Is the movie any good though?

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    The bitch is mental

    by random dude

    "Not much gore in the remake"? "Hilarious"? For fu ck's sake... And yeah, the 2003 version is a masterpiece of the genre. In fact, it was even too good for it.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The b!tch is mental

    by random dude

    Not enough gore in the remake? "Hilarious"? The girl has some serious issues. BTW, the 2003 version was a fcuking masterpiece. Maybe too good for the genre.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST

    StovetopStuffin'

    by film_chic

    Problems with your silly comments. 1. You appear to be a sexist pig if you don't understand that we girls enjoy horror movies too. 2. The original film didn't have gore because it was a "student project" without and funding. Any new addition to the franchise should be gorier because they now have money. 3. You've apparently never been to a film festival (not test audience) premiere in Austin becuase the cast and crew sit right along next to us. 4. Apparently, in your small world, woman can't be intelligent, especially if they like horror movies. 5. I believe the "predecessor" in question is the original, not the remake. And if a "horror nut" can't enjoy a fun horror movie, that's just sad.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Where's my frickin' gore?

    by godoffireinhell

    Indeed. They really need to release the UNRATED and UNCUT version of TCM '03! New Line, what gives?!?

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Bitch you is out of your goddamned mind!

    by sentient

    The original TCSM was not a student film. Egg Shells was Tobe Hoopers so called Student Film. TCSM was a colab between Tobe and Kim to make a film they could get into the cinema. The gore was absent because Tobe wanted a PG rating- He called the MPAA to solve this dilemma before filming the death scenes in the original. It had nothing to do with the budget. The skulls, bones, animal pelts, and stuffed animals in the original film were real, even the human ones- which came from a body farm. There were lifecasted latex arms a full sized skeleton with latex mummified flesh to portray the mother figure which was propped up in a sitting position in a chair. Bob Burns was a talented artist. He procured most of the props right off the roads and farms of Austin Texas, but he also fabricated a lot of fake props out of the same stuff the big budget films due. He was working in conjunction with William Barnes to make the Leatherface masks and the Old Man make up. The molds for the Old Man makeup were made in silicone and are still in mint condition today- 32 years later. The sculpt of the Old Man makeup was done in wax over a lifecast. Give me a fucking break- breakthrough FX work was involved in the original and on a shoe string budget mind you. Tobe had very talented friends. TCSM had next to no gore for rating reasons only- not because of budget or that don't show it for greater effect psychology bullshit some cite today. Bob could have made it so we saw the hook impale Pam- with out even trying mind you- same goes for the hammer drop to Kirk's head or the saw to Franklin's innards- he could have shown it all- in close up if need be. Bob was one of the most underrating FX guys in the biz and a really nice guy as well. So I'm calling you out! You know nothing liar... I knew Bob. I know Gunnar, I knew Paul, and Jim. I know the original movie. I can't wait for the Darksky DVD. As for this supposed beginning flick. Shit.... The whole trailer gives it away. Cattle Carcass placed in the middle of the road. Teens driving jeep try to avoid it. They flip the Jeep. One of the girls in the jeep loses her face during this accident, and another girl is tossed from the Jeep and can not be found. Ermy magically appears and comes to these kids aid. Again the tossed girl is left behind because no one can find her. Ermy takes the these kids too the Hewitt house. The chick who lost her face has a towel/facecloth placed over it and she is placed into the passengers seat next to Ermy. This Towel/Facecloth is later used by the mother character to wash another girls face- who she thinks Leatherfaces might just like and make babies with I'm guessing- since the remake had the whole babies/kid bullshit story line. All the mask are made from the victims- they are the first facemasks Leatherface dons. The first one is trying/going for shock value since it's one of the girlfriends boyfriend and it's done right in front of her. While he's tied down to a table. Aka homaging the Kirk on table Pam on hook scene in the original (I hate homages in remakes and sequels- It shows weak writting skills) We find out why Leatherface's nose is missing- (I think it's a staph infection or cancer) He's called Leatherface because he wears a cowhide over his face to cover up his missing nose. We get the famous dinner scene- Cause the remake didn't show or imply any cannibalism and that upset a few fans. Whats with the stupid gimp outfit? I hope its not Leatherface- cause thats fucking retarded. I still and will always worship the original. Fuck this movie. The remake sucked- too much MTV.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Why you gotta prequelize everything?

    by Vern

    Is it just me or does the idea of explaining where Leatherface comes from go against the entire spirit of the original? I mean that's why the family is so scary because you can't figure out how the fuck they got this far gone. Yeah I understand Batman Begins was good and everything, but it's not like we didn't know Batman's parents were killed. Leatherface thrives on mystery. What's next, a movie that explains why and using what scientific methods Michael Meyers disappeared at the end of Halloween? So far I haven't seen any convincing arguments why this is not a horrible idea for a story, especially since the director had never seen a Texas Chain Saw Massacre movie (not even the shitty remake) until after he was hired. And to be frankly honest I don't believe Michael Bay has even read the back of the Texas Chain Saw DVD, let alone understand its greatness and how to rewrite the history of one of cinema's greatest icons. Plus, you gotta figure they're gonna keep going with that asinine picked-on-in-his-childhood Michael Jackson backstory they had in the remake. Oh well. If I am able to see it without giving a dime to Michael Bay I will gladly give it a chance. But don't blow it, South African dude who somehow became a horror director without ever seeing Texas Chain Saw Massacre. You can't fool me with a little gore. I need an actual movie included in there somewhere.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Well said Vern. I like the gravitas of the black box.

    by brycemonkey

    And I believe it was pixies that carried Michael Meyers (Josh Hartnet's uncle) away at the end of Halloween.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Vern get ready, Rob Zombie is remaking Halloween...

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    ...there may or may not be any 'new' backstory there...you guys need to get a copy of that script and review it for us ASAP!!!!! I wanna know if Carpenter is involved in any way, hope they use his original score.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:33 p.m. CST

    film_chic

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Wow. You nailed me right there. I'm gonna go cry now. Actually, I am about the least sexist guy you'll meet. And I think you missed some of my points. I wasn't complaining about lack of gore in the original. I was saying there wasn't any (as an TCM fan would know) in the original, but there was in the remake, and the reviewer was complaining about the lack of gore in the remake. Also, the original had the budget, but they didn't want an R rating. And where did the female intelligence come in? If anything, women have higher standards (in general mind you) when it comes to viewing horror movies, because my wife is always pointing out when things don't add up. Not just the "why don't they run" type of stuff, but even when it comes to characters' motives and such. Guys like to just sit back and turn off our brains. :) And try and tell me that the trailer for TCM the prequel doesn't look like just a remake of the remake, and that this isn't just a plant review.

  • Sept. 23, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    HEY VERN

    by brokenheadstuff

    Just want to say i like how you pop up in random articles just to give your 2 cents. keep it up as long as you have the time. (unless you're just doing it to make us think "hey verns just like the rest of us, i'll give him mad respect" in which case you're a tool. OR, if you're just hoping you'll stumble upon another not-so-profressional wrestler. which was actually pretty funny. has anyone heard from that guy since he walked through the doorway to True Evil?

  • Sept. 23, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    brokenheadstuff

    by Vern

    Actually I always did this, but since I recently got the black box powers it jumps out at you more. I feel kind of weird about it but oh well. I HAVE A BLACK BOX, MOTHERFUCKERS. YOURS IS WHITE. FUCK ALL Y'ALL. As for Demon Dave, I have not seen him except in an old Richard Grieco movie called POINT DOOM that Chickychow recommended in some other talkback.