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YMMV / The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Erin a good-natured young woman who, despite making mistakes, had the best intentions at heart and is a genuinely likeable person or was she an idiot that had to have things her way and got everyone in the movie killed?
  • Catharsis Factor: After watching our main characters suffer and die for a very grueling 90 minutes, it’s extremely satisfying to watch Erin viciously run over Sheriff Hoyt multiple times with his own car.
    • Also Erin chopping off Leatherface’s arm with a cleaver.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Pepper certainly has her fanbase for being the most sympathetic.
    • As does Morgan, funnily enough. Mainly due to being seen by some as the Only Sane Man of the film, even if he is an asshole.
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    • Andy as well, for being a fairly nice guy, incredibly loyal to his friends, and performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save Erin.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Morgan. Yeah. he wants to leave the missing (and presumably dead) Kemper behind to save himself, but he also dies trying to save Erin's life by getting a chainsaw to the balls.
    • Plus, the horrific physical and mental torture he goes through such as having a bottle smashed in his face adds a lot of sympathy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The opening and ending scene with the police and camera man going into the basement of the Hewlett household only to then be attacked by Leatherface. The black and white aesthetic does not help.
  • Narm: Having Erin run around in a wet t-shirt while trying to flee from Leatherface makes the whole scene come off as the opening of the first Scary Movie rather than a suspenseful fight or flight situation. What a weird place to incorporate fanservice.
  • The Scrappy: Erin for a portion of the fanbase, primarily due to her incompetence getting every single one of her friends killed.
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  • What an Idiot!: Leatherface drops his chainsaw right in front of Erin. She sits on the ground screaming and doing nothing productive, leading to her friend's death. Way to go, moron.
  • The Woobie: Pepper. She's genuinely a nice, likeable person who only wanted to help the hitchhiker and found herself being unfairly punished for it.
    • Andy too. He may not be fond of helping the hitchhiker, but he's clearly very loyal and protective of his friends ( performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save Erin, even) and suffers the worst fate of the film, even worse than Morgan.

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