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Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Revolting splatterfest about a vanload of teen slackers (including Jessica Biel and Eric Balfour) who find themselves marooned in rural Texas and hunted by a chainsaw-wielding maniac. Director Marcus Nispel's formulaic slasher flick treats mutilation and mayhem as entertainment, assaulting viewers with unabated gratuitous gore fueled by a dehumanizing sadism and objectification of women. Excessive violence including a graphic suicide, an instance of drug abuse, pervasive rough and crude language, as well as profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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