Dopey and unnecessary prequel to the TCM franchise released (seemingly) to cash in on the current success the horror remake field is experiencing. Features much of the same cast members from the 2003 TCM remake (not a bad film), one of whom has aged significantly since 2003 with no attempt made to make him appear younger (since the film is supposed to take place 5 years prior to the last one).
The point of the film, aside from bringing in money, was to provide some sort of starting point and explanation for the horrible family whose random and savage acts of murder and cannibalism have been the focus for all of the TCM related films. A dumb move since the effectiveness of the original film (1974) was so due to it's unwillingness to explain anything. Who was the guy in the leather apron with the skin mask? Why was he killing everyone? Why did that family eat people? What the fuck? No answers meant no way to be prepare yourself or guess what was coming next. Scary. Smart.
Another problem is that you already know how this ends. If you think about it, since it's a prequel to a film whose characters you know, there can really be only one end. And here it is - the cannibal family kills everyone. And gets away with it. Duh.
About the only thing this has going for it is gore and there is plenty of it, mainly in the form of random, unidentified blobs of meat lying around places. There are some pretty gross murders though and enough chainsaw related death scenes to satisfy anyone looking for over the top special effects, but that's about it. The lack of plot, bad acting and dialogue and terrible character development carries too much weight, not to mention the film's very existence.
- Complaint Department