The movie’s been out for two weeks now, I’m suprised I haven’t seen a thread on this (I may be blind and just missed it, it’s been known to happen).
Anyway, I saw the remake before I saw the original, and I liked it. I recently watched the original and realized that the two are, indeed, two entirely different movies, but it still had it’s moments. It completely ignored the whole cannibalism aspect of the original, which is where the true terror came from, and nothing in it was nearly as nerve-racking as the last 20 minutes of the original (grandpa looking like a suckling baby was just disturbing as hell). Still, though, I liked it.
It was definitely more graphic than the original, but I didn’t think it pushed the envelope too far. I really liked the opening and closing with the police film footage, I thought that was a great way to introduce and close the film. That’s one thing I felt the original lacked was a decent ending. It just…ended! It was nice having a bit of a conclusion to the film, something nice to just wrap it all up. And I definitely liked the masks leatherface wore. The little “background” story about him was new, but I liked how they just simply mentioned it, almost in passing, and didn’t put too much emphasis on it.
I know people hate remakes because they often just bastardize the original (I, personally, am dreading the upcoming Dawn of the Dead remake), but despite the tearing away from the original, I though this movie was a good scary movie in it’s own right and worth consideration. It was a hell of a lot better than that Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Next Generation shit that came out a few years ago). Anyone else have any thoughts/critiques?