An Introduction to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003) I

There’s a common tradition with classic horror films, where remakes eventually find their way to the movie theater. Sometimes, they are memorable, while others are easily forgotten. When it comes to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Leatherface, it’s hard to overlook a fresh take on an old favorite. In this article, you will learn about the plot of the remake, as well as awards that the film has earned.

The Plot

Traveling down the road of backwoods Texas, five teens come across a traumatized hitchhiker and decide to give her a ride. Eventually, the girl shoots herself with a gun while in the van. Taken aback by the incident, the teens attempt to get help from the locals, but they make the mistake of knocking on the wrong door for assistance.

The youth soon learn that the family living in the home is a collection of psychopaths, who begin torturing and killing their new guests. To make matters worse, they have to contend with a disfigured character that uses a chainsaw to take the lives of his victims , better known as Leatherface. In the movie, notable cast members include Jessica Biel, who plays Erin, while Eric Balfour takes on the role of Kemper , her boyfriend in the film.

Awards and Nominations

Unlike the first, the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was nominated for a handful of awards, taking home four in the process. Those accolades include:

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nominated Jessica Biel for a Saturn Award in the Best Actress category.  The movie was also nominated for Best Horror Film.

Eric Balfour was nominated for the Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award (Male).
At the BMI Film & TV Awards, Steve Jablonsky took home a BMI Film Music Award.
At Fantasporto, Marcus Nispel (the director of the movie) was nominated for an International Fantasy Film Award in the Best Film category.
The movie was nominated for a Golden Trailer for Best Horror/Thriller at the Golden Trailer Awards

At the Key Art Awards, the movie earned a Key Art Award for Best of Show (Audiovisual) , awarded for “True Story”.

At the MTV Movie Awards, Andrew Bryniarski was nominated in the category of Best Villain, while Jessica Biel was acknowledged for Breakthrough Female Performance.
Unfortunately, at the Razzie Awards, the film was nominated in the category of Worst Remake or Sequel.

Scott Gallagher won Best Art Direction at the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival.

The movie took home a Teen Choice Award for best Thriller. It was also in the running for a Teen Choice Award for a “Movie Your Parents Didn’t Want You to See.”

To learn more about the making of the 2003 version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, check out the article titled: “Facts and Trivia: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)” for details on the director, actors, actresses, and other movie magic.