Why can't horror movies ever take place in the hometown of the characters? In almost every horror movie I can think of recently, we have a bunch of kids on a road trip somewhere, they pass through a creepy town and the violence ensues (See Cabin Fever, Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2, House of 1,000 Corpses). This is prevalent in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the remake of the 1974 cult classic from which the previously mentioned movies all stole from. But the remake is fairly entertaining, yet overly flawed, although it does give the horror classic a somewhat stylish makeover.
One of the things that is bothersome about the movie, is you constantly have to remind yourself that this is a remake. The original movie has been stolen from so many times, that if you've seen any horror movies since 1974, you're going to think that this is stealing from those movies, especially House of 1,000 Corpses which is such a blatant rip-off of the original that if they used a chainsaw to kill, it would've been a carbon copy. The problem is that I haven't seen the original movie in about 15 years so I don't know if they're taking from the original, or stealing from the stealers. The need to remake classic movies is so overwhelming these days, and it bugs the crap out of me. But that's a different discussion all together.The movie opens with some narration and footage from a police video at the Hewitt residence, going through the torture chamber of Thomas Hewitt a.k.a Leatherface. I don't know why they keep changing his name, though. It was Sawyer in the original movie, which was based off the real-life killer Ed Gein.
Anyway, cut to a rural highway where five kids are coming back from Mexico, en route to a Lynrd Skynrd concert when they see a frazzled girl walking on the side of the road. Humanitarianism kicks in, so they give her a ride, only to have her commit suicide in their van. Some payback for a good deed, eh? So they're stuck in this town, for the time being, and are soon drawn into the wrath of Leatherface, the guy who will guarantee that you won't look at a chainsaw the same way ever again