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Blu-ray Review - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE THE BEGINNING Diora Baird

I'm not entirely sure what the point of a horror prequel is. The genre is dependent on scares to transmit its experience, to use shock as a method of suspense. Yet, with a prequel, there's no reason to get excited about the story because, after all, we all know who lives and who dies. It's a toothpaste-back-in-the-tube situation that would take remarkable moviemaking skill to transform into a nail-biting effort. With "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning," we're faced with Jonathan Liebesman, the helmer of "Darkness Falls," "Wrath of the Titans," and "Battle: Los Angeles." Not exactly a stunning resume. A 2006 prequel to the 2003 remake, "The Beginning" fulfills its titular promise by detailing how Leatherface found his chainsaw, how Sheriff Hoyt came across his law enforcement uniform, and how Monty Hewitt lost his legs. You know, burning questions horror geeks have been dying to see answered. The uselessness of this feature is astounding, emerging from the smoke and sweat as an obvious cash-grab from producers caught off-guard by their own success, unaware that forward, not backward, is the proper direction to take with a simplistic blood-smearing series such as this. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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