The 2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is less a remake of the 1974 cult classic than it is a re-interpretation. The difference may seem like a matter of semantics, but it's actually crucial to how the film is viewed. In a direct comparison, the slicker 2003 edition fares poorly, but, seen as a conventional, contemporary horror movie, it's a solid production. There are plenty of the expected elements of the genre, including "boo!" moments and instances when characters do exceedingly stupid things. And, despite keeping the setting in 1973, the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre eliminates some of the cheesier aspects of the original (dialogue about astrology and the infamous "dinner scene") and adds a few things of its own.
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