Question: How can you tell it's gettin' close to Halloween?
Answer: When you start seeing movie trailers on television every
half-hour for a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
So, how many does this new/old TCM movie make? Five, at last count.
Did you know that the TCM character of Leatherface was loosely based on the gruesome real-life story of Ed Gein? So were Norman Bates in Psycho, and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. And, you can surely count on at least one amateur actor at every commercial Haunted House to be wielding a chain-less saw, chasing kids into a crying frenzy.
I did see the original 1974 version when it first came out, at a local drive-in theater. Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies were meant for such venues, you know. Sittin' in a parked car out in a pasture-turned-picture show on a dark moonless night with a long walk to the ladies room makes a perfect setting for a scary movie (with the added bonus of getting to huddle together under a blanket).
I can't see the same allure with today's version of a TCM; bunched up next to idiots with cellphone games beeping, a couple who just HAD to bring a baby with colic, and teenagers kicking the back of your seat constantly. Seems like this is pretty much the standard ambiance at any theater these days. Oh, and don't forget to add Dolby sound so loud it can make your ears bleed and your butt vibrate.
Maybe I am just a curmudgeon who stills thinks Hitchcock rules, but when was the last time you were really scared by a movie?