Well, what a gore fest this was.
This was the prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, right? I mean, what were you expecting?
Yes, this movie lives up to the original in many, many respects. It does neatly introduce all your favourite characters. It sets the scene well.
And there's something worryingly thrilling about watching a slasher flick like this when you know that the bad guys aren't going to get their comeuppance (because they're in the original movie). There's no hope. You're gonna die. You're in a prequel.
The origins of Leatherface, "Sheriff Hoyt", Mama et al are interesting in their own right, but the true genius comes from R. Lee Emery (Hoyt) and his use of the word "balance".
Check it out. I challenge you to not laugh during one of the most disturbing scenes on celluloid.
Great movie. Slasher pic like they used to make.
Doombreed rating * * * * 1/2