"Look at me! I'm Leatherface!"
by Elissa Waldmuller, Lifestyles co-Editor
"AUGHHHH!" That's the sound of another victim being hacked to death by Leatherface and his trusty chainsaw. The gory remake of the 1974 cult classic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, holds true to form. It's follows the format of so many horror movies that came previously. It has the classic chase scenes, tough heroine, psychotic killer, gruesome deaths, and morbid mutilations. The remake isn't exactly like the original though, as characters have been changed and details have been left out. But good old Leatherface remains virtually the same (except for the fact that in the 74' version he's a transvestite and in the new one he's not). The movie opens up to 5 teenagers in a van smoking the cannabis on the way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. Along the way they have the misfortune to pick up a slightly mad hitchhiker, who ends up killing herself right in the van. From that point on the kids are pulled into a web of deceit on the part of the town's folk. The kids are told to go to an old mill to meet the sheriff. Needless to say, a few scenes later, Leatherface appears. From that point everything goes pretty fast and murder ensues. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on a true story, but the massacre never happened. They were no actual murders, no chainsaws, and no crazy family. The only true thing is that the character, Leatherface, is based on real serial killer, Ed Gein. Here's a little history about Ed Gein: 1. He did kill people, mainly women. 2. He robbed freshly buried graves. 3. He mutilated bodies. 4. He made suits out of women's skin and wore them dancing under full moons. 5. He upholstered furniture with human skin, used skulls as soup bowls and made knives out of human bone. Not only was Leatherface based on Ed Gein, but other characters based on him were Norman Bates (Psycho) and Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs). Texas Chainsaw Massacre stars Jessica Beil, R. Lee Ermey, and Andrew Bryniarski (as Leatherface). Marcus Nispel directed the movie. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is rated R for drug use, gruesome depictions of murder and mutilation, and language. Sorry, kiddies, if you're under 17 (like most of you), you'll need a parent to go with you or you'll have to find a way to sneak in. Texas Chainsaw Massacre has some rather terrifying, jump-inducing scenes; just ask fellow Whirlwind writers Anthony (who was scared before the movie started by a mysterious man) and Rachel (who was the only one to scream... twice).