Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
"The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  21 October 1995 (Japan)
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A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny (as Renee Zellweger)
Tonie Perensky ...
Darla (as Tonie Perenski)
W.E. Slaughter
Lisa Marie Newmyer ...
Heather (as Lisa Newmyer)
John Harrison ...
Barry (as Tyler Cone)
James Gale ...
Mr. Rothman
Chris Kilgore ...
Rothman's Chauffeur
Vince Brock ...
Susan Loughran ...
Jenny's Mother
David Laurence ...
Jenny's Stepfather
Grayson Victor Schirmacher ...
Jeanette Wiggins ...
Woman Eating Chocolates


This is the twisted tale of Vilmer and his crazy family which includes the lovely Leatherface. They have pastime of killing and stuffing people. Unfortunately, Jenny and her friends run into Vilmer and his clan in the middle of the night in the middle of the woods. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The American legend returns, to bring you back to the cutting edge of terror. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for demented mayhem and torture, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 1995 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation  »

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Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)


$94,558 (USA) (5 September 1997)

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(uncut) | (cut) | (video) (1997) | (DVD)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Robert Jacks, (who played Leatherface) who passed away on August 8, 2001. One day shy of his 42nd birthday. See more »


As Jenny is climbing up a big aerial on the roof, Leatherface swings his chainsaw at the aerial. In shots of him swinging the chainsaw, Jenny has disappeared from the aerial. You can almost see the whole aerial, and she isn't there. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: August 18, 1973. News of a bizarre, chainsaw wielding family - reports which were to ignite the world's imagination - began to filter out of central Texas. Regrettably not one of the family members was ever apprehended and for more than ten years nothing further was heard. Then, over the next several years at least two minor, yet apparently related incidents, were reported. Then again nothing. For five long years silence...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, the "Patient on Gurney" actress was credited as ANONYMOUS. See more »


Followed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) See more »


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El Stinko
29 January 2000 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

If the director of this film was trying to recapture the atmosphere of the first TCM, he did a terrible job. If he was trying to make some kind of comedy or satire, he did an even worse job. This one isn't scary, nor is it funny, not even unintentionally--it's too awful to even laugh at. Watching this movie is like having someone kick you in the head for two hours, only to find out that you have just survived the warm-up session and the worst is yet to come. Whenever you think the movie cannot possibly get any worse, it does. And then it does it again, and again, and... well, you get the idea.

I'm no stranger to B-movies or horror films or horror comedies. DEAD ALIVE is one of my favorite movies. I've watched SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS and various Troma films multiple times because I think they're so hilarious. I worship the EVIL DEAD trilogy. Basically I've been a huge horror fan for most of my life. It is with that background that I am warning you away from this movie. It is one of the worst I've ever seen and is completely without value. I am truly stunned that Renee Zellwieger (however she spells it) and Matthew McConaughey had careers after this. They never mention this movie in public, and for good reason.

In conclusion: Stay away, far away. Do not rent the video. If this comes on TV, change the channel. Utter garbage.

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