The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is one of the most unnecessary and convoluted horror prequels I've ever seen. This is only the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie that I've seen, but it's more than enough for one lifetime. The first film, in my opinion, is a masterpiece of horror. It's scary, full of atmosphere and never fails to entertain. It was inevitable, but that film didn't really need a sequel. The world would have continued to spin if that film stayed solo, but that was never going to happen. Instead of watching the second film in the series I went out of my way to watch this one. Yep, the prequel. I've actually heard people say worse things about a few of the other sequels, but I fail to understand how that works as this has to be one of the worst films that I have ever witnessed. Spoiler alert, it only exists to show how Leatherface gets his mask. THAT'S THE REASON WHY THIS FILM WAS MADE!
The writing for this film is very incoherent. The plot just doesn't make an ounce of sense. It's trying to set up all of the films that already happened in this series, but it ends up just being a sequence of fast cutting scenes with little to no relevance or meaning. The film lacks any sort of depth, originality or decent dialogue. The characters are two dimensional cardboard cutouts that are incredibly dumb and aren't able to come up with common sense. Not to mention that this half-hearted attempt at filmmaking is so full of inconsistencies that I don't even think it cares what's happening. A character steps in a bear trap towards the start of the movie, but is able to walk easily later on in the film. In fact, I think he even starts to run. This film is meant to take place in a single day and so I highly doubt he'd be able to run, let-alone walk.
Leatherface is hardly even in a film that's trying to tell his origin story. He really just takes the back seat in this film, literally in one scene, and watches as everything goes on by. The film opens rather unpleasantly with his birth, cuts forward a few years to what I presume is his first kill, shows him in an admittedly decent shot walking down a street and then he disappears for a great deal of the movie. One of horror's most iconic villains is simply tossed away in his own film, replaced by a sheriff who is one of the weakest antagonists in any film ever made.
I don't like to complain about violence in movies, but exceptions sometimes need to be made. I don't usually have a problem with violence. Sure, I mention it in most of my horror reviews, but you'll rarely hear me complaining about it. I can handle gore being flung towards the camera, but when the violence is so unnecessary, over the top and too frequent, then I complain. The violence in this film is just that. If you're one of those people who bases their enjoyment of horror films on how much gore they've got then you may possibly be satisfied with this movie, but can I recommend any of the Evil Dead movies instead? There were so many occasions in this film where violence just wasn't needed, yet it was crammed in anyway. God, I hate this movie so much.
To sum up, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is one of the most unnecessary, over violent, incoherent, stupid, boring, horribly written and poorly put together excuses for a movie that I've ever seen. Please watch literally anything else.