There's not a moment this remake achieves the Seventies verisimilitude it's straining for, but Nispel's 'Grimm's Fairy Tales meets Antebellum Gothic' visual palette is a marvel of early 00's horror aesthetics. The sequence where David Dorfman's innocent leads Jessica Biel through a light-suffused basement as they're pursued by Leatherface is like something out of a Dario Argento film. One for the vulgar auteurs.
'74 is a metaphor for liberal college hippies treading on the home, morals, and values of the red state working class, but where '03 elaborates, it disrespects this disparity with wry dialogue and elitist humor, making all characters less than sympathetic humans, and pure evil or spoiled, vain brats that seem like they don't give a damn about anyone but themselves. You just want every good/bad character to die.
Remake with a better budget and more detailed, gorier death sequences. It is a typical Michael Bay production - a lot of spectacle but it is as brainless and heartless as everything else that he put his hands on. L. Ree Ermey have fun as another crazed military-like sheriff and Jessica Biel look delicious in super tight jeans.
I really liked this, it's not a faithful re-make and one moment in there was pretty stupid, but they realized the Leatherface character better than any of the other films, and I think it is almost as frightening as the original, and really dug the R. Lee Ermey sherriff stuff.... they should've taken it a bit further with the community sub-plot, but those two old ladies were creepy as fuck. It's a new experience 4sure