When I first heard that they were re-making TCM I was moaning. Why remake an already classic horror movie?Yet this particular remake manages to be as good as the original, with some interesting characters and a different take on the 'Leatherface' character (we actually see what he looks like underneath the mask). In terms of on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense it's probably even more effective, due to the fast editing and 'shaky' camera.TCM 2003 stays true to the original in that it takes place in the early 70's. The start of the picture is black and white, grainy newsreel footage (a la BLAIR WITCH) of the aftermath of the carnage, then to the introduction of the five college kids in a sepia tone film. What I liked best is that it managed to convey the same feeling of dread as the first movie and didn't go overboard with the gore effects. And as I said it's different enough so you aren't 100% certain what's going to happen at the outcome.The movie was a pleasant surprise.